Monday September 21, 2020

 Today’s Scripture: John 1:1-5 

In the beginning the Word already existed. 
    The Word was with God, 
    and the Word was God. 
2 He existed in the beginning with God. 
3 God created everything through him, 
    and nothing was created except through him. 
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,  
    and his life brought light to everyone. 
5 The light shines in the darkness, 
    and the darkness can never extinguish it. 

Today’s Devotional 

Starting today we are going to be using the Gospel of John as the focus of our daily devotionals. It will give us a track to run on as we make our way toward Advent and the celebration of the coming of Jesus. 

This passage from John chapter one is read at the end of the Advent season – on Christmas Eve. It reminds us that while Jesus’ birth was something new and amazing – Christ (or the Word) has existed from the beginning. Not only that, the Word was with God and WAS God. God and Christ have been unified and in relationship for all eternity. This makes sense when you consider that God is Love and love can only exist in relationship. The trinity is the original love relationship. 

Goodness, this may be too deep for a Monday morning! 

I’ll get to the part that I think might be speaking to us today: it’s the last verse “The light (brought by Jesus) shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” Now THAT is some good news for a Monday morning! 

There is no doubt that we are living in a dark period. I’m not trying to be maudlin, but I certainly don’t have to convince you that darkness is all around us.  

There have been times these past few months when I thought the darkness of our time would overwhelm – times when I was sure the light was too dim to make any difference. But here’s the deal: the darkness can never extinguish the light!  

No matter how dark things seem, no matter how much it feels like the darkness is here to stay, no matter how long the darkness lasts – it cannot be extinguished!  

Why is that? Because through Jesus EVERYTHING was created. Through Jesus, light has been bropught to EVERYONE. Jesus is baked into the creation. The light cannot be extinguished because it’s a factory installed feature! 

So when things start to look dim this week (as they inevitably will – it is still 2020 after all!) remind yourself of this fact: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. 

Today’s Prayer 

God when things get dark we tend to get scared. We tend to hunker down and hide from the world. But you remind us that no matter how dark things seem – Christ is here, You are here, and the darkness will not overcome the light. Help us to see the light this week no matter how much darkness there is. 

Amen 

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