“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. “ (Revelation 7:17b from Revelation 7: 14-17 )
Yes, we read this before, twelve days ago. But it is worth looking at again. Why? Because after God wipes away the tears there is a sense of relief and hopefulness. As I think on this, I reminded for Psalms 30, “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (verse 5b) I would assume that John, the writer/recorder of Revelation, would be familiar with this. Or maybe not. We as readers certainly are. While we may mourn and grieve, when the sun/Son comes out/comes our tears, sorrow, and sadness fade away. And since God blessed and gifted us with the Son, God has provided the means for our tears to be history.
The baby Jesus is now four days old; four days past Christmas many people are taking down Christmas decorations and readying themselves for the New Year. The tears of yester-year are fading away and new hopes for the New Year are taking shape. It is my hope, gentle reader, that you have set aside the sorrows for 2013 and are looking forward to the New Year.
I will be here in the New Year, if that is a source of joy and happiness for you. I cannot promise you a year without tears, but what I can promise you is hope that will dry and wipe away your tears because we will be again looking at scriptures that bring hope and help us define our faith.
May the tears of yesterday be a faded memory, and may you have hope, joy, and shalom for today and tomorrow. Selah!