Monday, June 4, 2012

A Glimpse of Heaven

Monday, June 4
Scripture Reading—Revelation 4:1-8

 Try to visualize this scene.  It’s more dramatic than the special effects of your favorite superhero movie!  The point, though, is not just dramatic effect. It is to lift up a vision of God as beautiful, powerful, and holy—a being who loves us, but a being who is radically different from us in power, authority, knowledge, and wisdom.  The response of the heavenly court is continual praise and worship.  “Holy, holy, holy . . .”  We live in a very secular world with little sense of the greatness of God.  We live in a time when we’re more comfortable talking about God as our constant friend and companion than the one who rules the universe and is worthy of the praise of every creature.  Something powerful happens to us, however, when we allow ourselves to contemplate the greatness and goodness of God.  Yes, we may be humbled and feel small and perhaps even unworthy.  But true worship of our creator reminds us that we, too, have been created for greatness.  Beautiful sanctuaries, great pipe organs, well-trained choirs, and beautiful stained glass windows may seem like extraneous frills to some people, especially when confronted with the harsh realities of homelessness, poverty, and injustice.  But could it be that allowing ourselves to contemplate and worship the one true God is precisely what helps us recall God’s grand purpose for all God’s creatures—and God’s creation?  For,  in that experience of worship offered by the creature to the creator we are called, inspired, and empowered to do all we can to work with God to bring healing to our fellow wounded creatures and restoration to God’s beautiful but corrupted creation. 

 Thought for the day:  True worship connects us with the holy and transforms us into the likeness of the one we worship.

 Prayer:  O God, help me to encounter your greatness and goodness in worship, to acknowledge my need for your presence and power, and to be transformed into your image and likeness so that your light and love is reflected in my life.  Amen. 

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