“As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: World without end. Amen, amen.” From the earliest days of Christianity, Christians have sung a version of this hymn, the Gloria Patri. That repeated word at the end of the hymn—“amen”—marks the end of hymns, prayers, and even creeds such the Apostles’ Creed in a familiar way—perhaps too familiar. You may have caught yourself simply going through the motions of repeating this word at the proper time. But this little word should be said with conviction and intent, because it connects God’s people today with His covenant people in the past.