August 18 – Beginnings and Endings

From the Desk of Dawn Parr, Children’s Ministry Director

Beginnings and Endings

Life is full of beginnings and endings, and this year has provided an abundance of both.  With the onslaught of the Coronavirus, we have seen the beginning of a new virus, new testing, new safety protocols, and a new normal. Unfortunately, we have seen many endings as well; school, church services, dining out, vacations, social gathering, and OSU football.

Children’s Ministry is beginning a new series for Sunday school entitled ‘The Names of God’.  In a quick count, I was able to find more than 200 names to identify Him. A few that stand out to me are:

  • Abba
  • Adonai
  • Elohim
  • High Priest
  • Holy One
  • I AM
  • Mighty One
  • Potter
  • Redeemer
  • Strength
  • Way

This Sunday, we will begin to understand how God identifies Himself in the Book of Revelation as the Alpha and Omega.

The words alpha and omega are Greek. Alpha is the first letter in the alphabet, and Omega is the last letter.  In Revelation 1:8, God exclaims, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”  Again, in Revelation 1:17, God says, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.”  Revelation 21:6 states once again that He is the Alpha and Omega.

God isn’t speaking about alphabets. He is speaking of reality. God is absolutely the beginning and absolutely the end. Everything originates in Him. And everything will end with Him.

God is the first of everything and before Him there was nothing. God is the ending of all and will complete all He has orchestrated. In Revelation, He assures that the ending is the beginning of eternity for His children.

What comfort and assurance to know that God is in control, in all times and in all circumstances. He knows our beginnings and endings—and He is the author of history. Whether it is a new beginning of hybrid school, or the ending of our beloved Buckeye football season, let’s not worry. Instead, lean on Abba, our Father and know that the I AM is eternally present—for now and all eternity.