DayBreaks for 12/12/16: Headlines in Heaven
“Bombing at Egypt’s main Coptic Cathedral kills 25”
“Amid Aleppo Offensive, IS Recaptures Syria’s Palmyra”
“Turkey Blasts Claimed by Kurdish Militants: Country Mourns”
“At Least 160 dead in Nigerian Church Collapse”
“Orlando marks 6-month anniversary of nightclub massacre”
Those were among the headlines on Sunday, 12/11, as I was writing this DayBreaks. Was that day unique? No, sadly those headlines could have been written on any day of the week, or perhaps more to the point: on every day of the week. Such are the headlines that comprise our daily earth-bound experience. Why is this the case? It’s for one reason and on reason only: this world is broken and it has been broken since the fall.
As I was pondering that point today, I couldn’t help but think about what the news headlines will be once that Jesus has returned and we are in the new heaven and earth in which righteousness dwells and all that has been broken has been fully repaired. How will that happen, I don’t know how God can make all that is broken whole, how He can undo and erase all the pain and make it right – not just right – but perfected. But I do believe that He will do that somehow, someday.
And when He does, I wonder if we’ll still have news – and if we do, what that news might be like:
“Joy reigns eternal in every portion of the creation”
“Not one person died anywhere today”
“Today, no one had an evil thought or did an evil deed”
“Throughout the universe today, everyone treated others perfectly”
“Peace and love rule the universe”
“Curious fact: no one has aged or got sick in the last ten trillion years”
I can hardly wait for those kind of headlines to be the kind I read.
Even as I long for that, I am struck by the realization that even though such will be headlines only in heaven, that it is we humans who make the headlines here on earth by what we do. That tells me that if I am sick and tired of this broken world, that it is this time-bound world that we have a chance, even now, to create some of those kind of headlines by the things we choose to do or say today. Want some uplifting headlines? Do something good for someone today, and every day, until we read our first set of heavenly headlines!
PRAYER: Jesus, help us be those who contribute to a better set of news headlines tomorrow than we experienced today as we help your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.