“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” – Revelation 22:13
We live in-between. The now never wiggles free from being stuck between the past and the future. We live in-between adventures, in-between relationships, in-between jobs, and in-between defining moments of our life. It is because we live in the in-between that I love the title of God in Revelation.
“the Alpha and the Omega”
The alpha and the omega are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet. It is a way of expressing the all-encompassing fullness of God. By using the alphabet as metaphor the scripture continues its association between the divine and the word.
This truth about God is a wonderful reminder that God moves through midst of it all. There is no in-between experience that is lost in the cracks of time. God’s loving presence doesn’t skip the boring, frustrating, or grimy parts of life.
If someone claimed that they were at the beginning and the end, it would read as somewhat hollow if they were absent throughout the in-between.
God’s loving assertion tells us not only that God is present on either side of the threshold, beside us as we say goodbye and ready to welcome as we say hello. But that all throughout the process there is a divine aloha cheering for us, reigniting our hope, and lifting our countenance as we make our way through the in-between.