November 19

Revelation 1:6-8

“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” vs. 8

This phrase, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” pretty much sums up everything that we know and believe about the universe and human existence. Many believe that God is all that is and more–and if that is true, then all things have their beginning and ending in God, and that of course includes every one of us. There are some who don’t like that notion. They would prefer to believe that they are the lords of their own existence and that they can operate independently of any God-connection. It doesn’t take a lot of reflection to see how absurd such ideas are. Every human who has ever lived is a child of the earth and will one day return to the earth. We are intimately connected to the creation and even if we someday figure out how to travel to Mars, we can’t escape our origins or our endings. Those who have learned to live with their mortality will find great comfort in that eternal connection to God. For them it is good to know that someday, when all the hubbub of living comes to an end, we return to our Maker. Glaciers advance and retreat, nations and kingdoms will come and go, civilizations are born and die, and through it all the One who is the Alpha and the Omega is constant–the source and the completion of all that exists.

Thought for the Day: Why do some prefer believing there is no God?

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