Have you ever received a long-anticipated invitation? Yesterday I received a wedding invitation on Facebook (I know, Facebook?) from a good friend. He’s been through the ringer with a couple of rocky relationships and I believe he’s finally in a healthy relationship with a woman who’s a real match for him. When I received the invitation my heart just bubbled up with excitement. Now THIS is going to be fun! I couldn’t wait to RSVP with an enthusiastic, “YES! I’ll be there.”
That’s exactly the feeling I get from this passage. “The spirit and the bride say ‘Come!’ Let anyone who hears say ‘Come!’ Let the thirsty come; let anyone who wants the water of life take it freely.” Wow. If that’s not an invitation worth an positive RSVP, I don’t know what is. A perfected creation teeming with life. A community full of perfectly loving people. An environment where there is perfect justice, no pain, no darkness of any kind. A glittering city full of color and light. Feasting with every good food and drink. And, of course, the presence of the most loving, perfect being in the universe…whose power, majesty, love and intimacy we cannot even begin to comprehend in this life. Forever.
Yes! I will come! Amen! Hallelujah!!