I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.@Revelation 1:11
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Richard W. Adams (1952–)

Rich­ard W. Ad­ams, 1997.

The first known pub­lic per­form­ance of this hymn was at Unit­ed Meth­od­ist Church of the Ser­vant, Ov­er­land Park, Kan­sas, Feb­ru­ary 24, 2009.

Bunessan Gae­lic mel­o­dy (🔊 pdf nwc).

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YMCA of the Ozarks
Potosi, Missouri

I wrote this hymn in Ju­ly 1997, at the YMCA of the Oz­arks, near Po­to­si, Mis­sou­ri, dur­ing a fam­i­ly re­un­ion to cel­e­brate my par­ents’ 50th wed­ding an­ni­ver­sa­ry.

I had felt an urge to re­cord the theme of God’s eter­nal king­dom, but the words weren’t forth­com­ing. One morn­ing I woke at 5:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep (the on­ly day that I week I rose so ear­ly). In the morn­ing si­lence, I prayed that if God want­ed this hymn writ­ten, He would give me the words. Fol­low­ing that pray­er, the lyr­ics gushed out, and the hymn was finished in min­utes.

Af­ter­ward, I walked along the shore of Sun­nen Lake, mar­vel­ing at the beau­ty around me: a qui­et mist shroud­ing the wa­ter, the bright or­ange sun climb­ing over green hills, Ca­na­da geese fly­ing low across the lake. I mused about how long na­ture had been like this, com­pared to man’s short stay on earth. God’s per­spec­tive and time span are so much larg­er than ours, it is awe­some to con­tem­plate.

Always and ever, God reigns eternal,
Ceaseless, unchanging, Ancient of Days.
From choirs below and angels supernal
Alpha-Omega hears endless praise.

In the beginning, ere the first star birth,
There was the Father, Spirit and Son.
Maker, Creator, Heaven and earth
Sprang from His will—the plan was begun.

Down through the ages, secrets unlocking,
To save a people fettered with sin,
He sent the Word. He’s tenderly knocking:
Open your heart and let Him come in.

Always and ever, you can be with Him
In paradise, there no more to grieve.
Praising forever, Savior and Sovereign
Through endless ages—only believe!

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James Adams (1921–2012)

Dedicated to my parents, Jim & Betty Adams,
on their 50th wedding anniversary, September 20, 1997.
May they be together always and ever.

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Betty Adams (1922–2011)