A reading that is often read on Christmas day is from the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 1-14. We hear these words:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of humanity. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it. There came a person who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that through him all people might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every person was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or by human will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Creator, full of grace and truth.
These weeks before Christmas take a few moments and reread those words again and again. I cannot speak for you, but for me, each time I spend time with these words from John I find they become more wonderful and more mysterious. Each time I read these words they reveal something new to me…about God and Jesus… and about you and me.
This coming Christmas Day I also invite you to reflect on these words from the Gospel of John. I invite you to ponder how God’s Word, which is from the very beginning of time…even of your life…continues to claim and reclaim you. Reflect how God’s Word continues to live with you and within you…to recreate you.
It is truly Good News that God continues to work within in us, indeed, to recreate us. Why? It shows that God truly loves us and cares about us.
For God loves us so much so as to come into the world, to be born among us to live with and for us.
Of course, the creative word does not stop with Jesus’ birth. Let us open ourselves to God’s Word. This Christmas let us joyfully proclaim the Good News of Jesus our Lord to all our families, friends and neighbors!
Merry Christmas! ~ Pastor Steve Leiser