Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, with which Jesus and the writers of his time would have been versant. The writer of the book of Revelation uses this phraseology three times, perhaps to emphasize the magnitude of Christ’s work in salvation, beginning and ending in eternity, a time span we can barely begin to understand.
There is a popular poem that talks about the dash or hyphen between the year of our birth and the year of our death, whenever that might be, and the importance of living and giving life to the fullest in this time between the dates. We do not know the day of our death, and we may not necessarily add years to our span of life, but with intentionality and mindfulness, we can add life and meaning to our years and to our personal circle and community.
God of all time, we give you thanks for the gift of life and the gift of Jesus Christ, in whom we live and move and have our being, then, now and in the life to come. Amen. — PG