December 31 – Blessed to Receive the Tree of Life

God’s first blessings came to mankind in a beautifully fresh garden filled with good food to eat and unhindered love. As we experience His Story personally and throughout history, we see that God is good and He blesses us with way more than food. God’s final recorded blessings will take place in a spectacular garden city. One of my favorite cities to run in is Singapore, an island city-state in South East Asia about eighty-five miles from the equator. Among the skyscrapers and busy sidewalks are spacious parks with ancient trees that provide cooling shade in a land of interesting diversity. As clean and green as Singapore is, it cannot compare to what is yet before us. In God’s perfect timing everything will be made new. The future Holy City’s foundations will be rare jewels that glimmer and I get so excited trying to picture what it will feel like to run on streets made of pure gold! Planted along the crystal clear river flowing with the water of life is the Tree of Life. This tree will yield both fruit and healing.

Those who belong to God will live forever in His protection, provision and love. In Jesus we are fully blessed. Because of Him we know true love and have hope even as we wait with eager expectation for everything that is still before us. Our future hope is real and God’s Story concludes with His children being blessed. Jesus declares, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.” Jesus says He is coming quickly. Come, Lord Jesus, come! May the grace, joy, peace and favored blessings, of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people now and forever more! Live Blessed! Amen.

Revelation 22:14 HCSB