May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. Psalm 67:1-2.

God has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.  Ephesians 1:9-10.

God’s plan for salvation is world wide.  His love, compassion, mercy and grace extend to all people.  The faces we will see in heaven may not be black, brown red yellow or white, they may not have features which define us here on earth, but there will be multitudes from all lands.

One devotional speaker I heard believes that we will have our own property in heaven.  Maybe even an address.  I dare not speculate, I only know that Jesus went to prepare a place for each one of us no matter our color, our ethnicity, our sexual orientation. I believe that we are all in for a wonderful surprise.

But for now, we are earthlings.  Struggling or not to live lives worthy of our calling and thrilled to know that we will one day receive our birthright.  We have been promised that we can have abundant life, heaven on earth. How fortunate we are to live in the United States of America where life is mostly good.  Sadly, life is not good in many countries in our world.  We must remember that God has a plan and will use his saving power everywhere.  We also must thank Him constantly for the abundant life that we experience here in this country.  And as Christians, though we may not feel God’s presence with us always, or feel his face shining on us always, the fact is that he is present and we are secure because of his promises.

Most holy God, your ways are above ours and we give  to you our heartfelt thanks and devotion.  Forgive us for selfishly guarding our way of life, knowing that so many of your children live in fear, hunger, hopelessness.  Help us to do what we can and then to trust you with the rest. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Joan Perlich