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“Able” - September 16, 2020

            “See the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll…”      Revelation 5:5

On our tenth anniversary, Carolyn and I were travelling through the state of Maryland and stayed overnight close to the Atlantic Ocean.  One of the locals recommended a yacht tour along the coastline as a really wonderful daytrip adventure.  We took the advice and the tour was fabulous, a highlight of which was watching wild horses run the beaches of Assateague Island National Seashore.  

However, what I did not anticipate were the feelings of nausea that came partway through the trip, created by the roll of the waves on the ocean.  The sway back and forth was more than my stomach could handle.  The yacht’s captain advised me not to look at my immediate surroundings of wind and waves but to look far ahead, off into the distance, at the horizon where things appeared straight and calm and level.

During this pandemic and during the stresses and crises of life, it is sometimes hard to look beyond the rough seas that seem to be tossing us about constantly and in ways we had not anticipated.  It is hard not to become overly focussed on our immediate surroundings, heavy life conditions and the stressors that they bring.

The last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation helps us to look at the horizon.  It helps us to see and imagine the eternal calm and peace that will arrive when God in Christ ultimately triumphs, bringing healing and making all things new.  As we continue to move forward in our lives, let’s pray that God’s Spirit will show us how to live in a manner that keeps our eyes focussed on God’s promises of a new heaven and a new earth through Jesus Christ. 

PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Dear God, some days it’s a challenge to look beyond ourselves and our present circumstances.  Help us to live and find joy in looking beyond the immediate to the wide horizons of your grace, your promises and your ultimate triumph in Jesus Christ.  In his name, AMEN.

 

Is He Worthy? Two options for listening to this song.  The first is offered by a choir of college students of the West Coast Choir. (**Note: Sometimes a random advertisement appears midway through the video so be ready to click on ‘SKIP’ to continue the song).        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkpUlxGCOtM

Another version available is a live presentation offered by Chris Tomlin.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkRiYsTN7KY