Parade of Nations
“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it” (Revelation 21:23-26).
“As soon as the liner stopped, it was as though an oven door dropped open, and hot air rushed in. On the quay, a kaleidoscope of color and humanity dazzled Abby’s eyes—Hindu women in saris of every hue, hot pinks, ochre yellows, lime greens. Parsee women wore their skirts of equally brilliant shades, their black hair ornamented with lace and gold. People balanced immense bundles on their heads. Bengali clerks rushed here and there, wearing yards of white muslin and Hindu caps, while other men wore turbans or solar topis.
Abby had forgotten that claustrophobic feeling, the teeming press of millions. But she loved it all.” From the novel Shadowed in Silk.
I’ve always loved that line about the new heaven—the glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. In the midst of God’s glory there is mention of the nations. I’ve always imagined it as the greatest parade ever, with the various nationalities rejoicing in God’s redemptive love.
Does this not thrill your heart when you see different people in different lands? When you’re on holiday, think on how God views the people of these lands, on how He may view aspects of their culture.
Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes award-winning historical novels. In Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of the Heavenly Father’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance. The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home.