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The Stream
We have been so grateful for the people who have taken time to share how God is leading and speaking to them during this time.  The “Stream” will be taking a break for the summer, however all past devotionals are available on our website (
http://rivercrosschurch.ca/devotionals) and we would encourage you to revisit them.

Going Home
By
Katrina Williamson

 

As a child when holidays were approaching my mom would get excited about “going home”.  I thought it was strange that she would refer to Grandpa and Grandma’s house as home.  I thought the house we were living in was home, and most of the time it was home for my mom.  However, sometimes when she talked about home it was the place where she would be welcomed by her dad and mom.

Likewise for the Christian, home is not the place we live right now.  Perhaps that sounds funny since we have been spending more time at home these last few months.  Covid-19 has changed our lives in many ways and feeling cooped up at home is just one of them.  This time is difficult for us, but I am grateful for my husband, our children and our home.  I thank God for this earthly home, even as I wait for my eternal home.

Just as my mom anticipated going home to her parents, I look forward to being in my Father’s house.  Shortly before his death Jesus comforted his disciples by telling them, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3).  Jesus comforted his disciples with the promise that they would live again with Him in Heaven.

God has not forgotten us during this pandemic.  Even when we suffer God is still good, loving, and powerful.  God has given us the Holy Spirit, the Bible and our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us live for him as we look forward to our eternal home.  Jesus is preparing Heaven for us and then there will be no more death or pain.

Heavenly Father,  I eagerly wait for the day you will call me home into your glorious presence.  Thank you for Jesus who is preparing your house for us.  Strengthen me to live faithfully for you in these difficult times.  Amen.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.  They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelations 21:3-4

तभी मैंने आकाश में एक ऊँची ध्वनि सुनी। वह कह रही थी, “देखो अब परमेश्वर का मन्दिर मनुष्यों के बीच है और वह उन्हीं के बीच घर बनाकर रहा करेगा। वे उसकी प्रजा होंगे और स्वयं परमेश्वर उनका परमेश्वर होगा। उनकी आँख से वह हर आँसू पोंछ डालेगा। और वहाँ अब न कभी मृत्यु होगी, न शोक के कारण कोई रोना-धोना और नहीं कोई पीड़ा। क्योंकि ये सब पुरानी बातें अब समाप्त हो चुकी हैं।”
प्रकाशित वाक्य 21:3-4

3 我 听 见 有 大 声 音 从 宝 座 出 来 说 : 看 哪 , 神 的 帐 幕 在 人 间 。 他 要 与 人 同 住 , 他 们 要 作 他 的 子 民 。 神 要 亲 自 与 他 们 同 在 , 作 他 们 的 神 。
4 神 要 擦 去 他 们 一 切 的 眼 泪 ; 不 再 有 死 亡 , 也 不 再 有 悲 哀 、 哭 号 、 疼 痛 , 因 为 以 前 的 事 都 过 去 了 。
啟 示 錄 21:3-4

3 Ouvi uma forte voz que vinha do trono e dizia: “Agora o tabernáculo de Deus está com os homens, com os quais ele viverá. Eles serão os seus povos[a]; o próprio Deus estará com eles e será o seu Deus. 4 Ele enxugará dos seus olhos toda lágrima. Não haverá mais morte, nem tristeza, nem choro, nem dor, pois a antiga ordem já passou”.
Apocalipse 21:3-4
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