Thursday, November 15, 2012
The stain of blood is one of the most difficult to lift from a garment. Yet, imagine—washing cloth in blood and having it come out white! This is what happens to the faithful disciples of the Lamb. Take note of the active voice; they have not been washed in blood, but they do the washing.
What is your brand of tribulation? Rather than feel yourself a victim, know that you can be actively growing in the purity and power of the Lord through your choice to be more like Jesus. The Lamb of God chose to wash us with the blood and water that flowed from his side so that you and I could become white.
The chapter begins with an awesome stillness as the winds of strife and evil are held in check. The tribulation for God’s servants comes only after they have been sealed. Nothing can harm them; nothing can harm you, if you are sealed by the blood of the Lamb.
The Reading for Today
This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Revelations 4—10:18