Dear Members and Friends of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church:
One of my favorite images in scripture is from Revelation 21:5: “And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’”
The book of Revelation is just that—a revelation, a dream, a vision of things to come. And the image presented in this verse is a voice from heaven (God) who is saying that in the midst of all the struggles of the world, in the face of death, and in spite of any sadness and mourning we feel—God will make things new again.
There are certainly places in my life where I need to be renewed. Some days, I am just plain tired, and I need to hear that voice of God saying, “Hang in there, it will get better.” Some days I am frustrated with frustrations, both little frustrations in my life, and the frustrations that seem to overwhelm the whole world, and I need to hear that voice of God saying, “It will be okay, I am still here, and I am working on it.” Some days, I sense that I cannot help everyone I would like to help or make the changes I would like to make, and I need to hear that voice of God saying, “Don’t worry. I’m still in charge and I will make good things happen.”
God makes things new. When we are tired, frustrated, or just feeling overwhelmed, God is there. Whether we know it or not, Glod is there. God is there to renew us, refresh us, and encourage us to keep doing the right things in our life.
Fall is often one of those frustrating times. We all get so busy. But hang in there. God is still there, and God has not forgotten us. Whatever is stressing you out today, talk to God about it. God will listen, and will help to make things new again.
Blessings to you all,
Pastor Mark Grorud