When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. - Revelation 1:17-20
Dear Lord Jesus,
If I were to see you in all of your glory I would fall down in fear just like John did. You are the ultimate superhero, the God over all things, the One with whom we all have to reckon. Thank you for placing your right hand on John and telling him not to be afraid. It comforts me to know that you love your church. And to know that you passed through death and are alive again gives me hope. And to know you hold the keys to hell makes me feel safe. And then to know you walk among the churches and live with the angels of those churches, that is; the pastors, helps me trust you are guiding each congregation even when we struggle. Jesus you are with us and we can struggle on as future conquerors no matter how small and insignificant we feel. Today will be a good day because you are with me. Help me to stop feeling so alone when I face any challenge by reminding me that you, the almighty, loving, Savior God, are with me.
Pastor Don Patterson
God is with us, how can anything in our lives ultimately turn out badly.