Lent Through Stained Glass/ The Alpha and the Omega

alphaIn this window you will recognize the first and the last latters in the Greek alphabet. The evangelist John, in the Book of Revelation, records a vision in which Christ uses two letters as a way of defining himself. Jesus states, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last…” In other words Jesus and God are one and we are assured there is no distinction. They are the same, “the beginning and the end,” he alone is eternal.

William Booth a Methodist preacher in Britain who co-founded the Salvation Army wrote, “Consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

Dear God brother Booth was a prophet. We see much of that happening all around us here in the Western church. Help us Father to pause and become consumed with You producing a holy fear of not approaching You in true worship. To not forget You called us to walk this path with others. That even our smallest actions are a reflection of this truth: You are our God! “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.”

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