The alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. Our God is eternal. Before the first particles started to come together to form the earth, God was long present. We believe that Christ died to give us everlasting life. This connects each of us to the eternal nature of God.
Today’s psalm reminds us of our connection both to God and to all of our fellow believers. Although our physical time here on earth is limited, we are connected to a God that is limitless. We are also connected to all who have come before who called on the name of Jesus. It is the ‘great cloud of witness’ or the ‘communion of saints’ that form the first segment of believers. The psalm also reminds us there are also future generations of believers yet to come. One day each of us will be a part of heaven and unknown generations will follow in our footsteps.
There are both older people in our churches and many examples in the Bible of people who give us a witness to what it means to live a life of faith. These people teach us both by word and deed. Their faithful witness in times past and in our current time helps us in our journeys of faith.
We are also a part of this educational process. We too are examples of faith to those just beginning their relationship with Christ. Our witness to them is important. Just as the nurturing, teaching, and love poured into us helped us to grow in the faith, we too are called to do the same. Our witness also calls us outside our immediate circles of faith and into the world. Our words and deeds also call out to the unbeliever, inviting them into our communities of faith and into relationship with Jesus Christ. Shine your light for all to see.
Scripture reference: Psalm 22: 25-31