One Big Family Reunion

by Paul Bonner

Take a few minutes to read and reflect on Revelation 7:9-12.

After this I looked, and there was a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They wore white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out with a loud voice:

“Victory belongs to our God
        who sits on the throne,
            and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels stood in a circle around the throne, and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, 12 saying,

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

Spending eternity with Jesus sure sounds like a blast! The unending celebration will not be a party as much as a praise fest. Our collective worship will unify us—not simply in purpose but also in heart and mind.

The closest I have come to experiencing this was during an outdoor experience on the last night of a foreign mission trip. The people gathered together were different in so many colorful ways, and yet our hearts were unified in faith. We raised our pitiful voices over the sound of a weak electric keyboard, serving as proof that the power of the moment did not rest in sound nor technology. For forty-five minutes, we sang the same song over and over and over: Children playing, men and women clapping, all of us praising and laughing. It surely would have appeared odd to a casual observer. But to us, it felt right. It felt like home in a far-off place. It was heaven on earth. May we all experience a glimpse of heaven’s reunion in our daily lives.

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