heavens and the new earth
Look, I am creating new heavens
and a new earth,
and no one will even think about the old ones
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the old heaven and the old earth had
The sea also was gone.
And I saw the
the new Jerusalem,
coming down from God
out of heaven
like a bride beautifully dressed for
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying,
“Look, God’s home is now among his people!
live with them,
and they will be His people.
God Himself will be with them.
He will wipe every
tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more
death or sorrow or crying or pain.
All those things
are gone forever.”
And the one sitting on the throne said,
I am making everything new!”
“Write this down,
what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”
Reawaken us, Lord Jesus, to the call
of how Heavenly things will truly be. Selah
Where the limitations of our earthly roles
have placed too tight a
on our perspective,
and led to so many routine
we choose now to eagerly consider
rewards you spoke so much about
and to anticipate the Epiphany of our Lord.
We discard from our hearts
all that tends to the ‘What’s the point?’
– and even the assumption
that all will be so well catered for in Heaven
that there will be nothing for us to do.
Expand in our mind the Narnian cry of “Further up
and further in;”
for even in Heaven You have so much more in store
For nothing of
that You direct us to on Earth
will ever be lost,
in a Kingdom
where seeds acquire
their fullest expression
and all we long for
finds its richest outworking.