Scripture Passage for Reflection: John 1: 1-5
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.
The day has dawned. The Light has flooded in illuminating everything in its path. It happened before long ago. Remember…remember back to the beginning when with a Word, God spoke everything into being. With just a Word, what was dark and without form became waters that parted revealing a new earth. And then God called Light and Light came, not to push out the darkness but to illuminate its meaning and the two would become forever entwined like twins that know each other’s thoughts. And then God separated the waters and made sky and then gathered them all together to raise a new land. God filled the earth with plants and streams and crawling creatures and swimming serpents and flying fantastical feather beings and animals that would walk on four legs, animals that would push us to our wildest limits of fear and trepidations and others that we would tame and love and be loved by in return. God made the sun and the moon and the stars and gave us time and space and ways to measure both. And then with yet another Word God spoke us into being and gave us life. And God then seemed to fall silent if only for awhile, with a faint vision of what the future would hold. And God proclaimed it good.
And now from the silence, God speaks again as the Word made Flesh. Once again time and space part and God beckons Light forward. But this time rather than creating a separate world, God pours the Divine into Creation. This time rather than speaking water and sky and creatures into being, God speaks the very Godself into earth. This day all of earth is new again, recreated from the inside out this time. God is here, God in our midst, Emmanuel. And God proclaimed it good.
On this day, all power and prestige and prepared plans are laid at the feet of a baby. God has spoken yet again with a Word that was there even in the beginning, but a Word that God was saving for this moment in time. God speaks and shepherds hear, drawn to the child. God speaks and Gentiles from the east begin their journey to lay their gifts at the feet of the Christ. God speaks this day and each of us must listen and follow. Creation was not missing anything before. It was good. It was the way it was supposed to be. But through the years, we forgot how to see, forgot how to listen, and started worshipping a silent God. But God is never silent. If we see, if we hear, God is always speaking. God came, Emmanuel, God With Us, that we might finally hear the Word, the Word, this time, made flesh.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Grace and Peace,
A little programming news…Thank you for joining me on this daily Advent journey. Now I’m going to rest for a little while. I’ll write more often starting in Epiphany. I’ll try for once or twice a week. Then join me in Lent and we’ll do our daily journey together again! In the meantime, keep “dancing to God”! Shelli