The New Creation

Jessica Bratt Carle

Read: Revelation 21:1-14

Death shall be no more. (v. 4)

It seems fitting to close our reflections on grief and loss with this passage from the book of Revelation. The portrayal of a world in which every tear has been wiped from our eyes, and where death simply is no more, might feel far off to us, even unimaginable. Death is such a stark reality in our lives here and now, and it might even feel like wishful thinking to cling to a vision of a new heaven and new earth. Or perhaps we may wonder what good this vision does for us with the present struggles we face. To believe in this promise of a new creation is to choose yet again to live by faith and not by sight. The evidence around us hardly points to the truth of a time where every tear will be wiped from our eyes. But choosing to believe that God is already at work, moving toward a new heaven and new earth, invites us to catch glimpses of where God is indeed making all things new.

Those glimpses can sustain us even when circumstances might feel hopeless. Where have you seen the breaking-in of the new creation? What is it that you dare to hope for even in the face of great loss? God mercifully invites us to be partners in the work of redeeming creation. Even through our weeping and heartache, God joins us and beckons us forward into life anew. —Jessica Bratt Carle

Prayer: Strengthen us, loving God, until that day when death is no more.