There is great importance in considering beginnings and endings. Get off to a good start, make a good first impression, these are really important principles. We also have a saying, “All’s well that ends well,” and we know that a lot of mistakes can be made up with a good finish. Early season losses by a baseball team are forgiven if a championship is won. In many ways, beginnings and endings matter. They make a difference.
Isn’t that what we think about when we come to the last day of any year? Many stations have been reviewing the past year. They consider those who have died, the major news stories, those things that stood out over the last year. We also spend time looking ahead as well. What will the new year bring? Will we make a resolution to improve our lives and if so, what will it be? What blessings await us? What will challenge us in this new year?
Maybe the most important awareness of beginnings and endings though, is Jesus Himself. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. The most important aspects of the past year are those areas where we have been blessed not only to have the presence of God in our midst, but also, those times when we recognized that presence of God and cooperated with God.