Pastoral Reflection Pre-death A mother is crying, wracked with sobs, grieving as she cuddles her dying daughter. No one can help. Not even the baby’s father. She has come to that place where she is alone with the Divine – only her grief between them. During the course of my career as a pediatric hospital chaplain, I have been honored to be present many times when that Holy Place appears. I’m not the only one.
Revelation 3:14-22 What is your favorite sport? Is it football (aka “soccer”), American football, baseball, an Olympic-style sport? Whichever you prefer, at some time the competition gets to where the best in that sport meet to decide who is the champion. Maybe it’s a fight for the Olympic gold medal, or the Premier League championship, or the MLB World Series or maybe even the Superbowl. In that competition the winningest teams or individuals meet to see who
Revelation 3:7-13 In these 7 letters, Jesus typically describes Himself using images that come from the description given of Him in chapter 1. But not always. This is one of those times when He uses a descriptor not found in the first chapter. This should cause us to ask “why?” Every self-description Jesus uses is important to the people in the church to which the letter was addressed. In this letter to the believers in the church in
Revelation 3:1-6 When I think of stars, I think of them shining in the dark night sky. I don’t typically think of them as shining during the daylight. Astronomers tell us that even though light travels 186,000 miles per second, or 5,878,499,817 miles per year, the light from stars takes many, many years to reach earth. This means that the stars we see tonight could have been extinguished years ago but we wouldn’t know it
Revelation 2:18-29 In many ways the church at Thyatira was a model church. They had 5 great essential qualities that Jesus, felt were worthy of mention: 1- works; 2- agape love (for both the Lord & each other); 3- service (toward other believers); 4- faith & 5-patience “thy works…the last are more than the first”: another compliment to them. The Greek means that their last works were greater in both number & quality than their first