Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. Revelations 22:1-5
Easter Saturday. It’s where we often find ourselves—caught in the gap between death (we face so many deaths...of people, promises, hopes and dreams) and life. We cling to the promises that he will rise and he will take us to live with him forever. John describes what it will be like. What will that river look like? The city? The tree of life? Imagine. Then realize where your eyes will be drawn—to the light. To the face of Jesus Christ. Allow your mind and heart to be drawn there today as you wait for Easter morning.
Ponder: Are you experiencing the “gap” of Easter Saturday, experiencing the death and crying out “I believe, help my unbelief” as you wait for the promises to be fulfilled in your life and as you wait for the day when there will no be night?
Praise: They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. AMEN.
Artist: Gina Hurry, The River Deep
This is the last of three short video presentations written and presented by David Conrad, conceived and produced by Jason Sears, and filmed and edited by Jason Sears, Will Giuliani and Natalie Valentine from Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church.
It was at Rivendell the hobbits think through the vocation they have been given, carefully working out the who and what and where of the odyssey that will be theirs. But integral to all that they were, and to all that they would need to be, was the table at Rivendell, a place for the best conversations and the best food and the best drink — simply said, a wonder of wonders." Steve Garber
The never-ending hope of Easter, Writer Andrew Shaughnessy shares reflections on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and why hope and beauty matter. "We hope because we know a day is coming when, to paraphrase Sam in The Lord of the Rings, “everything sad will come untrue,” when our Creator King will dry every tear and bind up the broken hearts and restore the sundered cities and turn the world upside down."