“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit
and understand what he is saying to the churches.
To everyone who is victorious,
I will give some of the manna
that has been hidden away in heaven.
And I will give to each one a white stone,
and on the stone will be engraved a new name
that no one understand except the one who receives it.
…his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
When I saw him,
I fell at his feet as if I were dead.
But he laid his right hand on me and said,
“Don’t be afraid!
I am the First and the Last.
I am the living one.
I died, but look—
I am alive forever and ever!
And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
I am the Alpha and the Omega—
the beginning and the end,
says the Lord God.
“I am the one who is,
who always was,
and who is still to come—
the Almighty One.”
“O our God,
we thank you and praise your glorious name!
But who am I,
and who are my people,
that we could give anything to you?
Everything we have has come from you,
and we give you only what you first gave us!
We are here for only a moment,
visitors and strangers in the land
as our ancestors were before us.
Our days on earth are like a passing shadow,
gone so soon without a trace.
1 Chronicles 29:13-15
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness,
the power, the glory, the victory,
and the majesty.
Everything in the heavens
and on earth is yours, O LORD,
and this is your kingdom.
We adore you as the one who is over all things.
1 Chronicles 29:11
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work.
Don’t be afraid or discouraged,
for the LORD God, my God, is with you.
He will not fail you or forsake you…
1 Chronicles 28:20
…learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately.
Worship and serve him with your whole heart
and a willing mind.
For the LORD sees every heart
and knows every plan and thought.
If you seek him, you will find him.
But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
1 Chronicles 28:9
…If God is for us,
who can ever be against us?
Who then will condemn us?
No one—for Christ Jesus died for us
and was raised to life for us,
and he is sitting in the place of honor
at God’s right hand,
pleading for us.
Romans 8:31, 34
And we know that God
causes everything to work together
for the good of those who love God
and are called
according to his purpose for them.
David looked up and saw the angel of the LORD
standing between heaven and earth
with his sword drawn,
reaching out over Jerusalem…
1 Chronicles 21:16
(Indigo Bunting in garden)