that which is faithful and true

I turned into psycho mom this morning when my scatter brained middle schooler forgot about something school related until just before heading out of the house to head to school. Then we hopped in the car and we saw this and I apologized to him for over reacting and flying off the handle. Glad “mercies are new” not just every morning but every moment too. Dropped son off and then heard on the radio about the massacre in Las Vegas. Got to work and texted my son to apologize again and to remind him how incredible he is. Sigh

I shared those words and that picture on Facebook yesterday morning.  Several friends commented with some grace-filled words. It happens to all of us. I know how you feel. We aren’t perfect and we all have moments when we lose it. 

This morning, I was skimming through the online devotionals on YouVersion and trying to choose a new one to read.  And wouldn’t you know, out of the hundreds and hundreds of options available, I opened up and read a sample from one titled “Evenings With the Holy Spirit.”

New Beginnings

“You can have a new beginning. It doesn’t matter how many new beginnings you’ve had before. Don’t believe the lie that you can’t have any more. Jesus’s work on the cross paved the way for another new beginning and another and another – as many as you need. Our Father’s mercies are new every day…”

The scripture references at the end of the devotional came from Lamentations and Revelation

“Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for his mercies never end.
 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness!
 I say, “The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in him.” Lam 3: 22-24

“Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Revelation 21:5

Two things stuck out to me about these passages.

First, I love how the Lord reaffirms this Truth in my life and in my story. His mercies are new every single day. His great love and His grace has paved the way for each and every one of us.

Second, I never noticed the second part of Revelation 21:5 before.  “He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”

I know those words weren’t directed towards me but as a writer they truly had a way of reaffirming my heart this morning of the reason I am compelled to sit down and write…
because these words are faithful and true

I then went back and read Revelation 21 in context.

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.

Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.”

Again, these verses prompted some more thoughts.

First, I immediately noticed the words, “God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them…” I was reminded of how the word dwell was the word on my heart one day last week and I wrote a post about it.

Second, I thought about the senseless, horrific killings in Las Vegas. In times like this, I cling to the promise and the faithful and true words that one day “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more”

I can’t explain this tragedy. There are no words for evil like this.  But I can, however, keep my heart and my eyes focused on that which is faithful and true. 

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