Advent II – Day 25 (Pure Water)

The beauty of the city is hard to explain. The colours brighter than we have ever seen, the foundations of precious stones exude a rainbow-like aura from beneath, and the Light, He shines with great brightness making everything seem alive, with a brilliance that is like the dawning sun, with all things glimmering as the light from the Lamb shines both through, and reflects upon, everything. Our eyes now able to look upon the glory of the Lord. Nations, and their leaders, are seen proceeding towards the centre, royal processions coming to bow before the King of kings, and to rejoice in the power of His presence. Old and young, from across His creation, walk together in true peace, deep rivers sharing in the flow of life.

As we walk these diamond-like streets of gold, casting our eyes upon mansions, homes, and other buildings, seeing hills and fields in the distance, the overriding sense is of joy, an emotion that is so deep it seems to transcend our very being. Here and there angelic beings mix with the saints, listening to the messages they carry, and bringing graces needed for the service of the Lord. In some place’s quiet contemplation, as ancients explain the mysteries once hidden but now revealed. In others, choruses of worship swirl in an atmosphere that seems to carry you up on wings, so that you join in the soaring song that brings glory to the King. And there, as you soar with angels, you see the temple, and the source of the great light. Its brilliance penetrates your soul, as to the love that seems to fill everything and everyone. Flowing from under the throne, is a river such that we have never seen. The water is alive with colour, soul, power, and movement. It speaks to you even as you look on, and the sound of healing can be heard as it flows through the city.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 2:30-33)

But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.  And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honour of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Revelations 21:22-22:5)

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