Where: Day 4 Reflections
A New Heaven and a New Earth
21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
What do you want to see in the “New Jerusalem,” the world God is creating? What do you feel sure will not exist in that new world?
What in your life needs to be “made new”? What needs to be made new in your community? in your country? in the world?
On a separate sheet, draw your concept of a “tree of life” and label it to show what makes a good life. What ground does a good life grow? What is the strength of a good life? Label the leaves and branches to show what feeds a good life.
Do you know someone experiencing a time of darkness? How can you share God’s light in a way that will be meaningful and helpful to that person?
Envision life ﬂowing from God into your body, beginning at the top of your head, ﬂowing into your chest, your arms and hands, your torso, your legs and feet. Let the light of God penetrate every part of you. Rest in the light, allowing God to heal you and ﬁll you with joy.
Pray a breath prayer.
For a breath prayer until your next time of reflection, consider praying, “God of light, shine through me.”