Advent Week 1: Stuck In The Middle With You

By December 4, 2017Uncategorized

“Come quickly, Lord Jesus.” This phrase of longing is one I seem to be hearing a lot lately. The daily news reports feel more depressing than informative, tragic rather than triumphant, deterioration instead of progress.

Isn’t there any good in the world to talk about?

Revelation 22:12-13

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

Ahhhh, yes, a drink of water from the spring of the water of life. Let us be refreshed by our Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end.

We are here, in this season of Advent. Not at the beginning or end, but the “middle”. While Alpha is greek for beginning, and Omega is greek for the end, the Greek word for middle is messi, pronounced messy. You gave a little chuckle at that didn’t you? We live in the present time of messi.

In the middle of the mess. Between crowded calendars, crowded headlines, and crowded inns. A baby is born. The Beginning and the End, here in the middle.

He wouldn’t be anywhere else. Because our God knows that the only way to get to the end, is going right through the middle. There are no shortcuts… but we do get a preview.

As we read in Revelation “It is done”. What hope and comfort we have in knowing that the Alpha and Omega had completed everything for eternity. No pain, no death, no tears, no sin. Sadness and illness will be no more, and we will bask in the presence of the light of God. He will give water to the victorious from the spring of the water of life. The Omega promises a good inheritance in Him.

While we may feel stuck in the middle of all the craziness and chaos. We know the one who controls, who IS, the Beginning and the End. (He’s got the Middle covered, too!).


Alpha and Omega, how grateful we are that you are the perfect beginning and the perfect end. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ, in whom we can say “it is done”! We trust you with our messi. Thank you for entering the world as a child. We await your return as our King. Amen!

About Shelley Henning

Shelley serves as Community Support Specialist for INCM. She brings a heart to serve and equip the kidmin community, working through the initiatives of, Dispatch, and Children’s Ministry Certification. Shelley discovered her passion for children’s ministry in her teens and was called to full-time ministry shortly after. Prior to joining INCM, she lead thriving ministries to children and families in both large and small churches in Michigan for nearly two decades. Shelley and her husband Mike have four children that they adore walking through life with!

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