Friday, November 13, 2009

Revelation 19:11-16

What do you think of when you hear the words "Faithful and True"? I've heard those words many times associated with a beloved pet. If you have never had a pet, it is very hard to describe. You are its whole world. Their whole life revolves around you.

Recently, there was an email going around that featured videos of pets when they are reunited with their owners who are service members serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. To say these pets were overjoyed would be an understatement. I was amazed that they did not just faint or even have a heart attack given how overly excited they became to be reunited with their owners. Surely these pets are Faithful and True.

It is rare to share that kind of bond. I know some wonderful people and I am very blessed to have some incredible friends. But I'm not sure how those relationships would fare on the "Faithful and True" scale. Maybe a 7 or 8 out of 10 when compared with the selfless devotion of a pet. I count myself very lucky to have those relationships.

Today's reading describes Christ as He returns to our world. Verse 11 says "I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True." That is God's wish for each of us - that we have the kind of relationship with Christ that allows Him to be to us Faithful and True. This is what He offers to us, and yet we find it hard to fully embrace that offer. We keep Christ at arms length because we cannot truly deal with Faithful and True. But can you imagine the life that this would give?

My prayer for each of us is that we allow Christ to be Faithful and True to us, as He promises, as He deeply desires and as He is more than capable of providing.

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