"They shall see Him face to face and bear His name on their foreheads." —Revelation 22:4
One day we will be able to look into Jesus' eyes. Imagine the feeling going through our bodies as we see Him face to face. We will see His lips move and His expression of joy. We will see His hair and beard and the strength etched on His face. We will be so much in love and will have eternity with Him.
Our future is exceedingly wonderful. It is a far better thing for us to die and see Him in heaven, but first we must complete our mission on earth (Phil 1:23ff). So we constantly pray that Jesus hasten His coming (2 Pt 3:12). Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Jesus says: "These words are trustworthy and true; the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, has sent His angel to show His servants what must happen very soon. Remember, I am coming soon!" (Rv 22:5-7)
Sometimes we can get so homesick. "We know that while we dwell in the body we are away from the Lord. We walk by faith, not by sight. I repeat, we are full of confidence and would much rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Cor 5:6-8). One day Jesus will part the clouds and return. O happy day! "Now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face" (1 Cor 13:12).
Prayer: Father, on this last day of the Church year, may I long for You and seek Your face (Ps 27:8).
Promise: "So be on the watch. Pray constantly for the strength to escape whatever is in prospect, and to stand secure before the Son of Man." —Lk 21:36
Praise: Sometimes Louise looks into the face of an image of Jesus and His Sacred Heart and cries tears of great joy.
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