For students, this season marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new year.

Every beginning has an ending. Time gets by so quickly that sometimes we can hardly keep up with the memories we are collecting along the way.

Endings sometimes come all too quickly. So there’s something to be said for taking every moment as something to be embraced and savored for as long as it lasts.

The God we serve, though, is not limited by time. The moments we spend in the presence of God, then, hold the possibility of timelessness.

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“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

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God is eternal. In God is the start of it all: the Alpha, which is the first letter in the Greek alphabet. And in God is the end of it all: the Omega, the last letter.

Since we know that we’re far past the beginning, and because we see that the end has not yet come, then we must live in the meantime. This means that you and I get to play our parts in God’s great mystery called life—and that’s powerful stuff!

Knowing this, the question is, “How ya gonna act?” How are you going to be at school, with family, with yourself, with friends—with all of your communities?

Let’s look first to love, forgiveness, and peace. Let’s work to respect the dignity in every person, no matter how different. Let’s reflect God’s love as we seek and serve Christ in others.

Rich Clark

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Help me to do and be my best for myself, for others, and for you, God, so that I can play my role during this time in your holy creation. Amen.

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Go ahead and take that first step.
Is it risky? Of course.

That’s faith for you.

But remember,
Your faith is in God Almighty,
And God will not be moved.

You’re going to be just fine.

Rich Clark

Rich Clark is an Episcopal priest serving students at the University of Florida as well as a local parish in Gainesville, Florida. His wife is wonderful, his pets make him laugh, and his favorite beach helps him remember to “be still and know I’m God.”

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