Monday, August 6, 2012

True light

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 were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. John 1:1-18

Word Became Flesh

We thought that our rules
would protect us from the gloom
the darkness from within and
the sorrow from without.

We thought more hard work more
effort and more diligence might
keep us from failure might
protect us from the fall.

We thought we knew love
sweet and tender babes cradled
in a gentle mother's arms could
have been all the love we knew.

Word became flesh dwelling
with us making love flesh and blood
heart and soul combined with God and
for God and by God for us all.

Love made us real and broke us open
open to a light that no darkness can vanquish
open to the Creator's hearts pouring compassion
in our wounds and mending the world.

Love made us new people flesh and blood
blessed and forgiven bending with love
and forgiveness yielding with kindness
and stirred every morning by hope.

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