“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LR1mweAxsI I absolutely love this song and the album.
Too often we tend to expect change on January 1st. For the most part, we do strive to approach the new year with a greater sense of optimism and purpose. But, as we struggle with internal and external demons and don’t see better days, we tend to fall by the wayside within the first few months (if not weeks). Constant world conflicts, political bickering in our individual nations, and the woes of banks and corporations also aid to squelch our hopes for positive changes.
Yet, on the island of Patmos, John saw a vision of celestial creatures describing the overall greatness of the Lord God. He “was and is and is to come.” Something that “was” is past. Even if it were to be altered, time has a permanent record of that thing’s former state of existence. John’s Gospel teaches us of the God and Word that “was” before anything else. Something that “is” still exist. We tend to rely on things that we can hold on to in times of despair and distress. The disciples were greatly confused and saddened as Jesus spoke to them before the crucifixion. But, he assured them that “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” The Lord that “was” and “is” provides a foundation for consistent optimism that is not dictated by a calendar. Faith is what drives us to see new mercies morning by morning. And there is no greater mercy than the promise that he “is to come.” This world shall come to and end. The lamb that was slain with lead the great multitude who belive in him to a reward of eternal life.
I bid you Happy New Year and pray that you will succeed in your resolutions. When you find that nothing changes on New Year’s Day, have faith in the Lord God who doesn’t change as well.
Your Brother In Christ,
Order of Saint-Simon