by Philip Layton
‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgement has come’ (v 7)
- Is this the ultimate fulfilment of the gospel being taken to every nation before Christ’s return (v 6)?
- Is this a summary of the purpose of God’s judgement – to turn people’s hearts towards him (v 7)?
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Moments of Awareness — Sunset
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord’ (v. 13).
I saw heaven open, Lord …
I looked right through the clouds to the heart of being,
the limpid glowing heart of being,
shining through wisps of brightness.
The sense of distance was immense and breath-catching.
In the breaks of the serried clouds lay pale green islands
fringed with red-gold haze.
In all that far-reaching stretch of glory
I felt I belonged, Lord.
I wasn’t a tiny human pigmy dwarfed by natural splendour,
cowering down in fear;
I was a child of the universe, at home in that universe
because I knew you, its Creator.
In those few moments I lived,
enthralled, uplifted, enraptured,
while time stood still.
All my being was suffused with radiant joy.
I was at one with you, Lord of life.
Slowly, quite slowly, the sheer bright glory faded;
dusky shadows stole across the sky.
The sense of awareness dulled, receded,
but I had seen and felt and I can never forget.
Master, is this a foretaste of what you have in store for us
in the life to come?
If so, why should anyone be afraid?
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