Today’s Scripture Selection: Revelation 14:1-3

(Note to Faithful Readers: With today’s post we come to our second run through our alphabetical study of the scriptures.  I hope you have enjoyed picking out a few significant words related to the faith – and maybe found a few more of your own.  Tomorrow, we will move in a new direction – one with a view toward providing some reflection on Biblical passages that provide therapeutic counsel on some of life’s toughest issues. I can’t guarantee it will “solve” all your problems – I wouldn’t dare promise such a thing by offering a few daily blog posts.  But I hope you will find in the text and my reflections on it what used to be commonly called the Balm of Gilead – and along with it – some healing for your soul.)

The old hymns put it well: “Lord, I want to be in that chorus.”

Which chorus?  The heavenly one, of course.

Here’s how the Book of Revelation speaks of it:

“Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.  And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder.  The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders.”

What a beautiful picture that is.

Now, much has been made about who the 144,000 are – where exactly Zion is supposed to be, etc. – but I would rather just sit for a minute, quietly imagining that glorious scene and that wonderful music pouring from Zion.

If there ever has been or will be a mountain top experience surely this is it.

And you and I – by the grace of God – can one day be a part of it.

So, speculate if you will about the specific who, what, where, when, and how of it.  For me, I just want to add my voice to the rest of the choir; however God in His grace makes that happen.

Prayer: Lord, I want to sing your praises, now and always.  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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