Happy Tuesday to you!

While I was at the Penn Relays, I surveyed the stadium. I gazed upon thousands of people representing various cities, regions, countries, and continents. I smiled at the flags waving above the stadium and throughout the rows. My heart swelled with joy as people demonstrated pride for their countries. It was a beautiful sight to see. Yet, what's even more beautiful was the camaraderie shared between people of varying backgrounds and life experiences. Everyone was there for the love of track & field. As a result, people who never met before (and most likely will never meet again) conversed like longtime friends. Men and women high-fived and laughed together. A young child even bought cotton candy and offered me some (how could I say no?). At one point, the entire stadium broke into the wave for at least 20 minutes. Even as people departed, kind words were exchanged. We were a unified group. Let me tell you, the unity in the stadium was an incredible experience. 

I wish that all of us throughout the world would really love each other. I wish that we would care for one another without expectations or demands. I wish that we would demonstrate our love for each other through respect. I wish that we all would be unified in love and righteousness. What a world that would be! Thanks be to God! We are not without hope. Things will not always remain as they are presently. A brighter future is certain. As a Christian, I know that the kingdom of my Lord and Savior will be one in which people of every nation and tongue will join together in peace and love for each other and for God. 

Until that day comes, I will savor moments like the one I experienced during the Penn Relays. 



Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”