12/31/2018 — Revelations Chapters 19-22
When I visit my home town of Martinsville, VA, a former prosperous center of textile and furniture manufacturing I personally experience the following description:
“It’s hard to see things grow old. The town in which I grew up is growing old. Some of the buildings are boarded up. Some of my teachers are retired; some are buried. The old movie house where I took my date has a “For Sale” sign on the marquee, long since outdated by the newer theater that gives you eight choices. High school sweethearts are divorced. A cheerleader died of an aneurysm. Our fastest half-back is buried only a few plots from my own father.
I wish I could make it all new again. I wish I could blow the dust off the streets. I wish I could walk through the familiar neighborhood and wave at familiar faces and pet the familiar dogs and hit one more home run. I wish I could walk down Main Street and call out to the merchants that have retired and open the doors that have been boarded up. … I wish I could make everything new … but I can’t. Max Lucado, The Applause of Heaven.”
Revelation 21: 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Continuing from “Applause of Heaven: “I can’t. But God can. He doesn’t reform, he restores. He doesn’t camouflage the old, he restores the new. The Master Builder will pull out the original plan and restore it. He will restore the energy. He will restore the hope. He will restore the soul.
What a wonderful promise to have to end the year of 2018 and to begin the new year of 2019. What a God! What a Savior!