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About the Omega card

Twenty-three years ago, I looked out the window on a summer night in Colorado and I will never, ever forget what I saw. The sky was packed with stars. It was stunningly, achingly beautiful. I had never seen anything like it before and I’ve never seen anything like it since.

Those stars are still there, even though I can’t see them in Pittsburgh. In the same way, there is an unseen spiritual reality that lies behind everything, even though we can’t see it. And behind that unseen world is Christ. He is the one who is “before all things and in Him all things hold together.“ He is “the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was, and who is to come.”

Christmas is about anticipation. We celebrate Jesus’ birth and that He humbled Himself for us. But even more, we are called, exhorted, and even begged to look towards what is coming next. No celebration of family and gifts can ever live up to what we are promised in Christ. We are meant to savor those promises; to draw our joy and peace and consolation from them, no matter what happens. For me, that’s what Christian holidays and even Christmas cards are for: to point us to the promises, which point us to Christ.

To make this card, I superimposed two photos (both from iStockphoto), one on top of the other.

The resulting image is inside of the omega, because the omega means last, the end. We anticipate the day when we will see the meaning behind everything; the day when we will see Christ and the restoration which He has promised.

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