Enduring Hope
hello my name is xochitl Dixon welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread in during hope
 doctors diagnose four-year-old Solomon with duchenne muscular dystrophy a progressive muscle degenerating disease a year later doctors discussed wheelchairs with the family but Solomon protested that he didn't want to have to use one
 family and friends pray for him and raise funds for a professionally trained service dog to help keep him out of that wheelchair for as long as possible
 Charles for life that organization that train my service dog Callie is currently preparing waffles to serve Solomon
 do Solomon accept his treatment off and bursting out in song to praise God some days are harder
 on one of those difficult days solemn and hugs his mom and said
 I'm happy there's no deschenes in heaven
 the degenerating effects of sickness affect all people on this side of Eternity like Solomon however we have an enduring hope that can strengthen our resolve on the inevitable tough days God gives us the promise of a new Heaven and a new Earth in Revelation 21 our creator and sustainer will dwell Among Us by making his home with us he will wipe every tear from our eyes there will be no more death or Mourning or crying or pain when the weight feels too hard or too long
 we can experience peace because God's promise will be fulfilled
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Revelation chapter 21 verses 1 to 8
 and I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea I saw the holy city the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven from God prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying look God dwelling place is now among the people and He will dwell with them they will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God he will wipe every tear from their eyes there will be no more death or Mourning or crying or pain
 for the old Order of Things has passed away he who was Seated on the throne said I am making everything new then he said write this down for these words are trustworthy and true he said to me I am the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end to the Thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the Water of Life those who are victorious will inherit all this and I will be their God and they will be my children
 but the Cowardly the unbelieving the vile the murderers the sexually immoral those who practice magic Arts the idolaters and all liars they will be consigned to the fiery Lake of burning sulfur
 this is the second death
 let's pray
 loving God thank you for strengthening our resolve with the surety of our enduring hope in Jesus name we pray amen
 today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries