From the Desk of Pastor Dottie…

Dear Catalina,

I’m admittedly an easy target for sappy endings. And this time of year, we have many of possibilities to indulge in syrup-y-ness. There are channels for Christmas songs, for Hallmark movies, and, of course, the commercials are extra sweet! I think I like these neatly packaged happy endings because they are counter to the way life really is. And, every once in a while, we just need a good ending.

Our scriptures point to a good ending: a reconnecting with our Maker; a face-to-face meet up with Jesus, the Christ; and a real-live encounter with the Holy Spirit. We don’t always agree on the way the ending will occur, and we have trouble sorting out the Revelation images, but we do know the ending will be, well….sweet! Here’s how it is described by John the Revelator:

“Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, shining like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb through the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river is the tree of life, which produces twelve crops of fruit, bearing its fruit each month. The tree’s leaves are for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more. They won’t need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will shine on them, and they will rule forever and always.” (Revelation 22:1-5)

I hope you can capture that image and tattoo it on your heart as you go through the coming days. God has good planned for us. There will be healing for the nations, and there will be a time when we see God’s face, and the light show will be more magnificent than we can ever imagine. The optics of this scene are powerful, but the most mesmerizing is the way our souls will be touched and healed and connected to our Creator. Imagine what that will be like for you and yours…

So, go ahead! Find all the sappy endings you can, and place them in your mind. Life is hard. We know that. But God is with us, and God has an ending that changes everything.

I am praying for you!
Pastor Dottie