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.


from David T. Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister

The “morning after” experience of Christmas often makes me a little sad.  There’s a mess to be cleaned up in many homes, a tree that may be dropping its needles, leftovers that seem to last for more days than we’re ready to consume them.  Yet something is qualitatively different about our lives because of what has come to be in the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child.  It may not be measurable in the same ways we measure other celebrations.  It may not be obvious, this glow that lingers into the new year.  Yet it is remarkably real:  Christ has come among us – the Word made flesh, dwelling among us as one of us.  May the light which has been lit among us, revealing the “glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth,” be ever more obvious as we meet him in the streets, in our homes, in our relationships through the coming days.  May the “hangover of Christmas” linger with us, and may we never be the same again!

O Christ, Light of the World,

as you came to us in the misty distant past,

come to us again in ways that reveal to us who you are

so that we may be born anew.