Then 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. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."
Revelation 21:1-4Nearly 5 years I've spent growing up in this town. Norman has seen my best and has seen my worst. It's provided me the highest of joys and the lowest of despairs. I am forever grateful for the people I've been given the opportunity to serve and love, who have been a blessing to me in so many ways. I'm grateful as well for those same people who I've failed in countless ways to love as myself, and who yet forgives me and continues to care and be there for me.
As I plan to move in the coming weeks, I think on how another city will now be the place where I will continue to be given people to serve and love, a task I will undoubtedly continue to fall well short of doing as well as I ought. This new city and the people and opportunities it will bring will take over the role of showing me my pride so that I may always see Jesus who took upon Himself my punishment that I deserve to the cross, and who has called me to be His own by His blood and righteousness, given to me freely as a gift.
Lord, have mercy, and may you continue to provide all that I need to lead me to my final move, to the New Jerusalem, where my worst will turn into only my best and all my despairs will turn into only joy.