Monday, January 11, 2016

Word Became Flesh

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. (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'") From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.John 1:1-18 
Our human flesh is frail and assaulted often by disease and pain. Our human flesh is glorious and dynamic and we can experience great moments of wonder and grace. I have been struggle with a virus that has knocked me low for more than a week. It is something I will eventually get rid of, but it reminds me how fragile we are, and how dependent we are on others. We cannot live without the care and kindness of others.
Into this body, into this life came the living God. Not a representative,  not a front man or media specialist, but God incarnate living as we do, fully human and completely vulnerable. This gift, this compassion from God to become us to show us love in the flesh, is remarkable and holy. This gift signifies that we are born from the will and heart of God. Our Creator is not far off but in the midst of us.
Today I ask God to give me the eyes to see God's presence manifest in every place today. May we all live this day with a new sense of presence and belonging, as we are made flesh of the flesh of the living God.

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