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2 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 11 December 2012

A reading and a reflection to start the day on Radio 4 with Canon Jenny Wigley.


    Good morning. Saying something in 140 characters is one of the great challenges which Social Media offers in the 21st century. But this is the week that marks one of the great achievements of the 20th century - Marconi’s transatlantic radio broadcast. He connected Cornwall and Newfoundland, and did so with just three short beeps, the Morse code signal for the letter “S”.

    There have been some experts since then who have questioned whether that technology really could have worked at such a distance. But there’s no doubt that his groundbreaking work made possible the millions of messages sent over the airwaves in the decades that followed. His single letter may have had only a symbolic significance but it proved very powerful.

    The book of Revelation, the last book in the Christian scriptures, has a title for God that consists of just two letters – the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet in which the book was written. ‘“I am the Alpha and Omega” says God, “the beginning and the end.”’

    It’s an insistence that God has the first word as Creator, and as the One who shapes and directs our lives. And he has the last word, at the end of time when Christians believe we will stand before him to give an account of the way we have lived our lives.

    For Christians, God’s word always demands a response: of obedience, of repentance, of thankfulness and praise. In those two letters, Alpha and Omega, we hear the Christian affirmation that it is God who provides the framework for all that we do: a life lived well begins and ends with him.

    God, we thank you for the gift of beginnings, for all that lies open before us, for all that we can do and become; and we thank you for the gift of endings, for all that has been joy or sorrow that we now can lay aside; and so we pray your blessing on this new day. Amen.


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