4John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
8"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
Too much I hunt for details--magic pills, if you will, steps and methods to make it all work. I am beginning to understand--I think--that the details are formed in community. God has set the beginning, the end, and the criteria/means. The steps, it seems, are ours. This is the dimensions in which we exist. It is the glass through which we see darkly. But the beginning is clear: God. The end is clear: God. And the means/criteria are clear: Messiah. Everything else is walking together.
Take a hand.
Let us be off together, shall we...
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