At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
Give Thanks to the Lord
When we give thanks to the Lord, we think of things like family and friends, food and clothing, shelter and possessions. Today’s Bible reading reminds us that we have even more blessings in view of the coming judgment day.
We have Michael and many other angels watching out for us. They keep watch over us and our loved ones, and they guard us in all our ways. With calamities going on all over the world, they watch and guard God’s people, eventually taking them safely home to heaven.
We have the promise of resurrection to eternal life. Through faith in Jesus, we are connected to his forgiveness and his righteousness. So when we awake from the temporary separation of soul and body that we call death, we will awake not to shame and contempt, but to everlasting life. We have that same promise for family and friends who have died in the Lord.
We have the Word of God. Those who build their lives on its foundation are wise, and they will shine in eternity like the brightness of the heavens. Those who speak the Word of God lead many to the righteousness of Jesus, the basis of our salvation, and they will shine like the stars for ever and ever.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
Prayer: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 613:4)
Even so, Lord, quickly come
To your final harvest home;
Gather all your people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In your garner to abide.
Come with all your angels, come;
Raise the glorious harvest home. Amen.
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