Week 49 Friday

All There Is To Say

Today’s scripture selection: Revelation 1-6

Key verses: Revelation 1:8

“’I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’”

Many of us tend to live our lives in little spurts – a day here; a day there.  We may try to reflect on the meaning of things past; or plan ahead as best we can.  But often “one day at a time” is about all we can handle.  And, in many ways, that’s very good counsel.

But when we look at the book of Revelation we come face to face with the God “who is, who was, and who is to come.”

It’s all one package – one great unfolding plan.  And, as one old hymn puts it, “I know not what the future holds but I know who holds the future.”

The revelation of Jesus Christ to John was a great comfort to a young Christian church, striving to stay alive amidst persecution.  And, though its meaning has been hotly debated over two millennia, it is still of comfort today.


  • Life seems nothing more than a haphazard mix of accidents
  • Your best laid plans are set aside
  • The daily grind has just about ground you up
  • You are burdened by something you can’t let go
  • You are frightened by what is on the horizon
  • You just need to know what you need to do next – and you can’t come up with a plan

Remember that the past, present, and future are all in God’s hands – they are all part of His plan.

And, while it may sometimes seem like only a trite bumper-sticker slogan – I believe it to be true:  God doesn’t make mistakes.

It’s all been said or is yet to be said, but the One speaking is the One who once looked out over the dark chaos and proclaimed, “Let there be light!”

Enough said?

Prayer: Almighty God, I stand in awe of your great divine plan.  May I play out my part in it, as you desire.  AMEN.



By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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