Amen: to start at the beginning is to start at the end so to speak. It is used at the end of prayers in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and is found in several Semitic languages. The word “Amen” accompanies my own prayers instinctually, always there, ever-present. 
To me it sometimes feels as if the “amen” at the end of a prayer is akin to signing off. “Over and out God.” But if that were true it would imply, that when we’re not using words to speak to God, God is somehow cut off from us. We don’t ever say “goodbye” to God and hang up the proverbial phone. God’s nearness is omni-present. So what does “amen” mean?
The word “amen” punctuates what has been said. It comes from the Hebrew a-m-n. “The root is aleph-mem-nun, meaning to be firm, faithful, trustworthy, and credible… its derivatives are found in Genesis, (e.g. 18:13 umnanm, in truth, 42:20; veye’ am’ nu, and be verified; and 45:26 he’emin, believe.)” Ancient rabbinic codes suggest that using the word “amen” implies “the blessing just uttered is true, and I believe in it, and in addition may it be God’s will that it be actualized before our eyes.” We could just as easily say “may it be so” to end our prayers. Our “amen” adds both blessing and ascent to the words of hope and longing already spoken.
Praying the Alphabet:
I approach you in awe, Almighty One, as did my ancestors, alleluia always on my lips.
And so I ask “When I am adrift, anchor me.
When anxiety arises, attune my spirit to yours.
When I feel alone, accompany me again.
When the ache of life places me near the abyss, amplify your presence.
Abide with me always.”