Lenten Devotion: Easter Sunday
Read Revelation 7:9-17
Many of you will know that my eyesight is very poor without glasses but even then I sometimes have trouble seeing. A few weeks ago I was walking to my car on Market Square following dinner and met one of our homeless friends. He was more excited to see me than I was to see him so he couldn't wait to share what I had missed. He had noticed that I was not at the church for a recent Soup Kitchen. When I asked what we had served that day, he said, "Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, and real cornbread." I'm not sure what "fake" cornbread is but I got the message that our church had done something special on that day (actually we had done our usual meal but his response made it special). When he paused for a moment, I asked him how many people were there that day. "Too many to count," he said, "Must have been hundreds, all eating!" His excitement was real (like the cornbread) and I thought about how he saw what he wanted to see. In the brokenness that is homelessness, there was hope in a banquet of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, and real cornbread.
John of Patmos, the writer of Revelation, could see that hope and invites us to see it too. The voice told him to write down what he saw: the great multitude, the tribes, the people, the angels, and the elders, all gathered around the throne of God. Who are they? They are people, ordinary people, who have hungered and thirst, and suffered from the scorching heat of the sun. That sounds like being homeless. And John sees them and invites us to see them too.
Prayer: All-seeing God, help us to open our eyes to the reality of your hope that is gathered around us in the people we meet. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
This devotion is from the 2014 Church Street Lenten Devotion Book.