During funerals we usually read that "Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." That statement from Revelation 22 reminds us that God was there at the beginning and God will be there at the end. It is usually a solemn message as we remember both and ending and beginning. John Riley likes to quote Dwight Moody who said "If you read that D. L. Moody of East Northfield is dead, don't believe a word of it. I will have just begun to live. I like that thought, because Jesus is truly the beginning for us in that place and time.
For me, the thought of endings and beginnings is a very timely thought. At the 30 A Songwriter's Festival, David Olney was performing onstage and said "I'm sorry" and then just died. I am watching the news of Kobe Bryant and his 13 year-old daughter being killed this morning in a helicopter accident. Both of these events are reminders that we don't know our beginnings and endings ... so, make it count! Don't say "I'm sorry" ... say, "Thank you Lord for gifting, trusting, tolerating, loving and being there for a "wretch like me!"
While reflecting for the last month about God being the one God above everything and truly the one true and pure thing in life, I return to Deuteronomy 6 to reread verses 4 thru 9. This verse brings the idea of Alpha and Omega home to the mundane, routine daily grind. "Hear O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one." The passage says this truth needs a be part of who we are every day. Place it in your heart. Impress it on your children. Talk about them when you are sitting down and when you walk down the road. Reflect upon this when you get up and when you lie down. Tie the symbols of this on your writs and write them on your door frames. In reading this, do you think God holds this as important?
Here is some practical advice. Maybe keeping this before my eyes and heart will keep my eyes and heart off things that distract me away from God's plan and calling. Maybe spending time every day just dwelling on this truth will take my heart and mind away from lots of untrue stuff that seeks to divert my walk with God. Maybe God, in this advice, gives me something that will begin, end and focus my day on good things. Maybe if I "get caught up" in this I will realize that most of my petty thoughts are irrelevant and unworthy of the time God has given me. Maybe ... my life would change! Maybe, we should try! Randy