[From November 19, 2015]
"Then the angel showed me the river of 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 12 kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."
It's been a rough week for the world. The bombing of Muslims by ISIS in Lebanon last Thursday... the Paris ISIS attacks on Friday... Retaliation attacks & air strikes... another Boko Harum massacre in Nigeria... We are a world torn apart by violence, war & hatred.
Some people co-opt elements of their faith to promote hatred & violence. I pray that those in the Christian church are not in that camp. The end of Revelation (the very last book in the Bible) is all about peace, healing, and life. Not death & destruction.
There's a RIVER OF LIFE, flowing through the heavenly city. There's a TREE OF LIFE in the middle of the city... and the leaves of the tree are for the HEALING of the nations. Healing, life, grace... that's what's we're about. In the aftermath of the ISIS attacks, may we continue to sow peace, hope and love. For that is of God!