You’ve heard the saying, “All good things must come to an end.” I hate that saying. I know hate is a harsh word, but with all my heart, I hate that saying. I have allowed that saying to ruin far too many wonderful experiences in my life. I have driven on a vacation trip when thoughts flood my mind, that soon I will be returning home. I have almost had a “deja vu” experience driving to see my grandkids thinking, “Oh no, before I know it I’ll be on the opposite side of the highway heading home, and my time with them will be over.” I have headed into Disneyland ready for a great day of adventure, when the awful thought hits me, “Soon I’ll be walking the opposite way through this gate.” Worst of all, I have wasted too many wonderful Christmas days, fearing it would be over, and I would have to wait a whole year for Christmas to come again.
While it is true that all good things must come to an end, the end of something does not need to be tragic. Actually, the end can simply be the closure to wonderful memories, fantastic activities, and heartwarming times spent with those we love the most.
It is day 14 in the countdown to Christmas. As I turned over the card for today’s countdown of Jesus’ names, it read “Alpha and Omega.” I found myself with a catch in my throat as I tried to get the words out to thank my Savior for being both the Beginning, and the End! Within these two words is held the tremendous truth that Jesus is actually EVERYTHING!
He is the beginning, He is everything in between, and He is the victorious end!
In this year of uncertainty, doubts, fears, and what I quoted last night at our “Cocoa and Caroling” event at church, this is the “year to get dumped on.” It has been trials with some triumphs, but certainly a beginning with no end in sight. Yes, there is a hope of a vaccine, but we still have the uncertainty of what it will accomplish, and if we will ever go outside again without a mask. Will we be able to experience gatherings where we are not fearful of being near to our neighbors? But in these words, “Alpha and Omega”, the end is very clear.
In the last book of the Bible–the end of God’s word–Jesus said,
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:13
As we near the day when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, marking the beginning for man’s reconciliation with God, do not neglect to see the Truth and the power in Him not only being the beginning, but also being the end. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. My prayer from now to Christmas as I thank Jesus, for who He is, is to include thankfulness that He is not just the beginning of my story. He is also the end of my story. And as a matter of fact, He is there with me through every moment of my in between!
Jesus is our beginning AND our end!
As we continue through each day of our lives, both with certainties and uncertainties, may we live confidently that the God who began a good work in us, will indeed carry that work to completion in our lives, until the very day Jesus returns!
That, my friends, will be the perfect ending!
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