Prayer: Grant almighty God that you would give us a spirit of rejoicing in all that you have done for us. You have taken us from our lowly estate and given to us eyes of faith as we await that heavenly kingdom prepared for those you have redeemed. As we live this side of the cross, we stand in awe of those who have gone before us who were taken from their home, journeyed in tens, made to wander as pilgrims in this world. Yet, they continued to look forward to the city with foundations whose designer and builder is you. Like them, we too look forward to that city as we pilgrim in our exile. Grant to us more faith and rejoicing as we anticipate that great day and behold that which eye has not seen and ear heard for those who love you. All of this, we pray, knowing that we would have nothing without the labor of your Son who entrusted himself to you as he finished the work you gave him to do. Through Christ, we have this sure promise that you will bring us where he is dwelling — the new heavens and the new earth. These things we pray, boldly and with confidence in your promises through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: James 1:9; Heb. 11:8-10; John 14:1-6; 1 Cor. 2:9

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