All Things New

Amy Curran

Read: Revelation 21:1-22:5

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (v. 5)

We began with the story of creation. Here we end with the proclamation of re-creation, the new heavens and new earth that are to come. John’s vision includes the picture of an abundant garden, offering life and sustenance and healing to the people. It is a land filled with the light and peace of God, and those who are hungry or thirsty are filled. God, the Re-creator, calls and invites all creation to watch the wonder that will unfold as everything is made new.

God is our gardener, seeking our life and flourishing, continually working for new life in the world. God is a tireless gardener and will not say to us, “You are not worth it” as I have said to the tomatoes.

As we close this series, I suggest that we all become “gardeners” for a time. As a reminder of God’s continued work of restoration in our world, and our own participation as people created in God’s image, let’s find one plant to tend for a time. Perhaps an indoor flower or a windowsill herb or perhaps a tree that’s already in your yard that you “adopt” and pay special attention to. Choose one plant to tend for the next month, and deliberately make your care of that plant a spiritual practice.

Whenever you care for your plant, verbally commit yourself to participating in God’s work of re-creation and ask God to give you opportunities to do so. —Amy Curran

As you pray, thank God for his promise to make all things new.