Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,  and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a great voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of the water of life. He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. (Revelation 21:1–5a, 6-7)

In my hospice ministry I typically pray the same prayers with the patients who are in stable condition,and a few extra prayers with those who are actively dieing or in transition.  This prayer from The Revelation to John, is a vision that St. John receives from Jesus.  I must make note that people who are terminally ill really “feel” these words from Jesus.  My favorite verse is “Behold, I make all things new.”.  For the average healthy person that may mean very little, or perhaps there will be no wrinkles in their skin or no more gray hair.  For a person whose body, whose life, is being destroyed by disease, it means so much more: in heaven there is no more cancer.

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