O Father, I can only think this Revelation of John’s is where many ideas of heaven are found: streets of gold, pearls for gates, “You will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…” It is how the New Jerusalem is described, after all mankind and angels have been judged, and the earth and heavens as we know them have been swept away.
It is certainly a place I would want to spend eternity. You, Yourself, will always be present. Your presence provides all the light that is needed. And there is a promise, a security, in there being nothing “impure…shameful or deceitful” ever being there. Only Your people, Your children, will inherit all this.
The Psalmist says “Sing to the Lord a new song, [sing] His praise in the assembly of His faithful people.” That will truly be able to happen in this Holy City.
Father, as I prayed Psalm 1 on the first day of the Year for my husband and sons, I pray now at the end of the year, these Proverbs 31 verses for myself and for the women who will marry my sons:
May we be “wives of noble character…worth far more than rubies, bringing [our husbands] good, not harm all the days of our lives.” May our “husbands have full confidence in [us] and lack nothing of value.” May we “work with eager hands” to provide for our families’ needs. May we have sharp mental skills, a good head for business and strong arms for the tasks You bring to us. May we manage our households wisely and show compassion and charity. Father, give us the wisdom we need to benefit our husbands and children, the energy we need to accomplish the work of our ministries, and the ability to reflect Your love to care for our families.
Thank You for Your promises of help while here on earth. And thank You for the promise of my eternal future with You. Your praise is ever on my lips! Amen