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Revelation 21:1-6, 22:1-5, Alpha and Omega

Narrative Lectionary Summer Series, 2017 

Revelation 21:1-6, 22:1-5

St. John, Theologian Classic Art

St. John, Theologian Classic Art

This day's daily devotion is written by Dr. Kimberly Kace Leetch. 

The beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, the Garden of Eden in Genesis and the garden containing the tree of life in Revelation. God is the beginning and end of all things. This is not a threat for the end of humanity. It is a promise that there is nothing outside the confines of an immense, timeless, and loving God.

Confession: I’m a The Walking Dead junkie. It is, of course, a drama about the end of life as we know it, as zombies overrun the earth and small bands of humans try to survive in this terrifying new world. What is so intriguing about this show, once the shock of the zombie apocalypse wears off, is the question about what it is to be human. Is it enough simply to survive? In this world that looks nothing like what it used to, these survivors have discovered that survival is not enough. To be truly human is to risk love (couples, families, and friends) despite the very real possibility of losing those that are loved. In the midst of terrible tragedy, people have found love, laughter, music, art, farming, community meals, and many of the beautiful things they thought they had lost forever – and yes, even faith.

Though far-fetched, the show helps me wrestle with the questions of what it is to be human, and it is this – in the midst of tragedies and suffering, there is still hope, laughter, beauty, faith, and love. 

Narrative Lectionary Text

Revelation 21:1-6, 22:1-5

The New Heaven and the New Earth

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

‘See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them; 
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’

And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then 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 as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

The River of Life

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. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. 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 there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.