“John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from [the one] who is and who was and who is to come …”Revelation 1:4b (NRSV)
Yes, dear one, there is a God.
Is. Present tense. Now. Today.
Not just today.
But also yesterday.
Is. Every today.
Was. Every yesterday.
Is to come. Every tomorrow.
Grace and peace to you from God, the Timeless One.
John, the self-identified author of Revelation, has been exiled to the island of Patmos. The world as he knew it has disappeared. Nothing is as it was. No one knows what is next. There are more questions than answers.
He receives a revelation from God through Jesus. Imaginative, bizarre, and strangely reassuring.
There is a God. In the midst of conflict and chaos, when things have gone from bad to worse, when anxiety creeps in and despair takes over, God is.
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'”Revelation 1:8 (NRSV)
God, the Timeless One.
Alpha and Omega.
A and Z.
First and Last.
Beginning and End.
(And in-between? In the messy middle?)
All beginnings. All ends.
And all in-betweens.
Before the beginning and after the end.
Definitely in the messy middle.
“Holy, holy, holy,Revelation 4:8b,11
the Lord God the Almighty,
who was and is and is to come.”
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”