Hopeful Gratitude

Kristen Deede Johnson

READ : Revelation 11:15-19

Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, singing, “We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty, who are and who were, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.” (vv. 16-17)

As Christians we have much to be grateful for already. We know that God loves us, that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again so that we might become children of God, and that the Holy Spirit dwells within us. And we are grateful for all these blessings.

But in addition to being people of gratitude we are also people of hope, as we live in expectation of Christ’s return. One day the kingdom of this world will finally become the Kingdom of our Lord. In this Kingdom God will dwell with his people and wipe every tear from their eyes. People from every nation, language, and tribe will dwell together without conflict and strife. Death, suffering, and pain will be no more.

In that day, when God’s reign is made manifest in this world, we will give thanks to the Lord God Almighty with our whole hearts and minds. Now our thanksgiving is marked by hope and perseverance. Then it will be marked by consummation and praise.

PRAYER

Help us, Lord, to be people of both gratitude and hope, as we look forward to the day of Christ’s return.