I’ve called this blog “on patmos island” because figuratively speaking that is where I understand myself as a new “blogger” to be.
The phrase comes from the biblical book of Revelation, chapter 1, verse 9. There, the author, John, writes that he found himself on the Greek island of Patmos as a result of “the word of God and the testimony of Jesus”. While there, he heard “a loud voice like a trumpet”, which commanded him to “write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
Like I said, I understand myself to be writing metaphorically from the very place John wrote literally. This is so in three ways.
First, the very same word of God and testimony of Jesus which led John to Patmos Island, has led me to Carol Stream, Illinois, and to you. It is for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ that I am here, and for that alone. In that sense, this is my Patmos. Right here, with you.
Second, like John of Patmos who wrote specifically to “the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea”, I too will be writing to a particular audience – all who live and worship together at 965 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream, IL (“that church across from the high school”). Obviously, others are more than welcome to listen in on our “conversation.” Who knows, they may even find it edifying and relevant to their own lives. Even still, these more than welcome eavesdroppers will never find here that one thing which you, my brothers and sisters at Heritage, always will. Words and prayers, questions and visions, reflections and, yes, maybe even a poem or two… all typed up uniquely for you, specifically in view of our life together (you & me, me & you) with God.
Third, in the same way that John of Patmos was instructed to write on a scroll “what he saw” and heard, I too will write what I see and hear. More specifically, I will write what I hear and see from you. I will write what I hear and see from my own self in my relationships with you (if that makes any sense!). But most importantly, I will write what I hear and see from God.
No doubt this will require that I improve both my eyesight as well as my hearing. But, I trust that the God who is faithful in all things will prove faithful to us in this, too.
It is out of devotion and service to this One, the God of fidelity, who has revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ, that I am here… with you… on Patmos Island.
Truly, there is no other place I’d rather be…