Sunday, May 10

Going Home

The image of a mother comforting her crying child is common to all of us. Perhaps you can recall a time when your mother comforted you. Maybe you have recently seen a moment when a mother’s love was essential to bring solace to a distraught son or daughter.  No matter the relationship we had or have with our mother we can relate to the ideal that a mother is to compassionately care for her child. Today, on Mother’s Day, the scripture that is being used in our Christ the King online worship ties into this image. 

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
    and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”   Revelation 7:17

God will wipe away every tear.

Tears are the natural response to physical and emotional pain. Yes, some may try to deny their pain (“big boys/girls don’t cry”) but deny as they may, the loss, disappointment, or hurt is still very real. This word from Revelation 7 paints a picture of an eternity where “God will wipe away every tear.” Which “tear” (anxiety or hurt) comes to mind when you, by faith, sense God wiping away every one of your tears?

Going Home

The picture of a mother/child relationship often carries with it the metaphor of “home.” A place of protection. A place of love. Notice how Revelation 7:17 describes what your eternal home will be like. Jesus (the lamb who was slain for us but is alive forever) will be your loving shepherd who guides you to springs of water. God will wipe away every tear. When you look at this verse, what word or phrase seems especially inviting to you today? 

Prayer

Almighty God, thank you that you loved the world so much that you gave your son. In the same way that you will provide eternal care for me in heaven, let me know your care on earth today. Thank you for the compassion and care you provide through the gift of mothers. Let your loving presence be experienced in our homes and families as we journey through these trying days. Amen.