The River of Life
22Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.
Devotion by Anne Mooney
This vison comes at the end of the Bible. John was on the island of Patmos when he wrote this letter. There are many interpretations of what the real message is, but despite the differing viewpoints, these verses sound like a promise of what life in God’s kin-dom is like. God gives us life and water to sustain us. God nurtures us with food and healing. God gives us light so we can see and live in truth and love, glorifying God with our worship. God’s kin-dom lifts us up, sustains us in times of pain, grief, and challenge. When we let God be our light, we work towards growing God’s kin-dom.
Dear God, Thank you for giving us life. Thank you for being present with us as we walk through our lives. We welcome your presence and pray that our lives somehow reflect your glory and your love with others. Amen.