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Is the World Broken?

Sometimes it feels like we get a hint of it– the veil between heaven and earth is thinned, and we are left with a sense of, “This is how it’s meant to be.” But, other times? The brokenness in the world around us–war, premature death, violence against the vulnerable–can feel like too much to bear. Our hearts cry out, “How long, oh Lord, how long?”

But, check this out! The Lord is not separate from us in these sufferings. He is making all things new– right here, right now. This change begins in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, until the day that we are able to fully live into his promise that all wrongs are made right. The world as he intended.

Revelation is one of the most-read books during the season of Advent because it talks about the waiting we’re all experiencing:

Revelation 21:3-5

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s 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. 4 ‘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.”

5 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.”

Observations from the Text

  • We will be reunited wholly with God (v. 3)
  • Death and suffering are defeated (v. 4)
  • All things will be made right (v. 5)

Prayers of Response

Promise-Keeper, keep my hope alive as I witness the brokenness of ___________.

Defeater of Death, I praise you though I am still mourning the loss of ___________.

Prayer Requests

Lord, help me see your faithfulness as I struggle with ___________.

God who wipes away tears, help  ___________ feel your presence in the midst of suffering.

Prayers of Readiness

Father, when I face ____________, remind me that this pain will not be permanent. 

Jesus, help me be ready to show your love to ___________ while they grieve.



  1. Does Revelation feel very Christmasy to you? Why or why not? Maybe take some time to read through it this season :].
  2. What’s a wrong that you are waiting for the Lord to set right?
  3. How do you find hope in the midst of difficult seasons?
  4. What are things that you’re anticipating with hopefulness?


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