John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word,
            and the Word was with God,
                        and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him,
            and without him not one thing came into being.
What has come into being in him was life,
            and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
            and the darkness did not overcome it.

 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.  The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world,
            and the world came into being through him;
                        yet the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
            and his own people did not accept him.
 
But to all who received him, who believed in his name,
            he gave power to become children of God,
                         who were born, not of blood
                        or of the will of the flesh
                        or of the will of man,
                        but of God.
 
And the Word became flesh
            and lived among us,
            and we have seen his glory,
                        the glory as of a father’s only son,
                        full of grace and truth.

           

And we are loved so much, that God chose to live among us.

 

            In the midst of our mess and confusion, God lives with us ever still.  And let there be no doubt:  In the truth of the Incarnation (our Lord putting on flesh – taking up humanity) God “gets us,” as my youngest wisely says.  This is the Good News and this is Christmas. 

On this holy day, we celebrate with great thanksgiving that Christ – fully human and divine – has marked the world and all of creation.  This includes us.  On this sacred day we affirm again, and we announce to all who have ears to hear, that we are God’s children.  Through the power of God made known in Jesus, we have become the children of God. 

This sacred text also reminds us beautifully that light has arrived on the scene!  Dark places and scary scenarios beware:  In Jesus we are free to live without the darkness.  Indeed, we are a people who live in light.  The light of Christ illumines our way and warms us on the journey of life.

On Christmas we celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord.  We are not alone.  God is with us.

Gracious and loving God,

with thankful hearts we offer praise for the Word made Flesh

and for your very real presence among us. 

We love you, and we know that you love us

more than we can ever ask or imagine. 

Give us courage to receive the light of Christ,

and strong voices to announce its presence. 

Live within us, today and always,

and may we live with you now and forever.  Amen.

 

Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen

Regional Minister

Christian Church in West Virginia

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