The Kaleidoscope

“Amen! Blessing and glory
        and wisdom and thanksgiving
        and honor and power and might
            be to our God forever and always. Amen.”

Revelation 7:12

Let your imagination go and slowly look at the wonderful picture that the sacred writer is painting for you. Notice how symmetrical are the images; they are mirrored in units of four, like a kaleidoscope—one of those tubes you look through that has mirrors reflecting the colored stones in all kinds of star-like shapes.

Imagine: clothing becoming white when it is drenched in blood! What’s amazing is that blood-stains are very hard to get out of clothing. In this case, the blood of Jesus poured out upon us inside and out makes us white. Jesus’ blood flowed so that we could become pure white; how’s that for a miracle! Verses 10 and 12 contain refrains that must have been really sung in the first years of the church, right after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Sing them to yourself—even out loud! You are singing verses that have been sung down through the ages—right up to do today, if you’re singing them!

Revelation 7

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Blessing, glory and wisdom v. 12
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks
in the season of Kingtomtide,
autumn in the north Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we are reading 1st and 2nd Thessalonians.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…