Advent 17

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of the holy one, the true one,

who has the key of David,

who opens and no one will shut,

who shuts and no one opens:

Revelation 3:7

I’ve been to all sites of the 7 churches in Revelation. Eight years later, I only remember snippets of each one. And how almost every site felt windswept and deserted and vacant.

Sometimes waiting isn’t vibrant and things burn out. There aren’t churches in some of those cities anymore…in fact, there aren’t cities in some of the cities anymore.

But those 7 churches are still important enough that tour buses of Christians pull up to visit. And people read Revelation and hear the stories and warnings their own churches need to hear.

We never know what the wait will bring.