by Linda Veath
Our Christmas celebrations are just about over. Yet the birth of the Christ Child, which we have been celebrating, is the beginning. 2015 is coming to an end. And a new year lies ahead.
In many ways our lives are a series of beginnings and endings. Children are born but eventually leave the nest. Employment gives way to layoffs or retirement. Good health gives way to sickness. Things begin only to end. Like the ebb and flow of the tide.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8 NIV
Jesus described Himself as the Alpha and Omega. The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Notice He didn’t say He was an Alpha or an Omega. He didn’t say he was a beginning or an end. He is THE Alpha and THE Omega. THE beginning and THE end. THE. ONLY. ONE.
Which means He was there at the beginning of the world, and He will be there at the world’s end. He was there when we were born and He will be there when we die. What’s more, He is not just Alpha and Omega. He is all the “letters” in between. Which means, of course, that He is with us every day of our lives.
It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. Deuteronomy 11:12 NIV
Thus, we have His peace in the midst of turmoil. His joy in the midst of pain. His love in the midst of conflict. His forgiveness in the midst of our failures. His presence when we feel all alone. All of life — the beginning, the ending, and all things in between — has meaning when it is lived for Christ.
So as 2015 ends, Christ is there. As 2016 begins, He is there. And thus it continues through all our years. Until that glorious day arrives when He will bring an end to life here on earth as we know it and eternal life with Him begins. A life that will never end.
May 2016 be a year of embracing beginnings, endings, and all things in between for His glory, honor, and praise.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!