Very soon now, I shall be with you again

Reflections by Annette Roux, Retired Pastoral Associate

"Very soon now, I shall be with you again . I am . . the bright star of the morning." - Revelation 22: 12, 16


Today's passage comes from the very last chapter of the very last book of the Bible. 


It's strange—and striking—how the Bible ends.  Not like a mystery, with the culprit revealed and the riddle solved.  Not like a symphony or a musical with a grand finale.  Not like a novel, with the main character or characters finding some resolution.   The Bible ends by not ending.  It ends in anticipation.  It ends with the faithful still waiting, with Jesus saying, "Very soon now, I shall be with you."  What kind of ending is that? In a way it seems unfair.  Except that this is what it means to be people of faith—to be still waiting, still watching, still hoping, still listening . . . for God.  Are you still waiting—fiercely waiting? 


Prayer:   Keep me alert, O God; watching, yearning and still waiting for You, our hope beyond hope.  Amen.