Monday January 13 2020


Scripture: John 1:1-18

Key verses: (2-4) 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

Reflection: Each time I read this passage I think of Wendy Johnston, a biblical storyteller, who loves exploring creative narration and is challenged by our response to God’s work in the world…God’s ongoing story. She tells John 1 this way…

the word…became flesh

I went to the beginning, and it was light. And white. No darkness anywhere.
I heard someone singing a message. But I didn’t understand.
“Who are you?”, I asked. “WORD”, was the reply.

I asked, “How long have you been here?”
“Always”, WORD said.

“Who is here with you?”
“Oh, God is here with me”, WORD smiled.

“What are you then?”
“I am God”, WORD replied.

I still didn’t understand.
So, I asked, “What are you here to do?”
“I AM”, WORD said.

“Huh?”, I furrowed my brow. I felt dumb. WORD smiled again.
“The Message I sing, tells everyone who I AM. God’s Love Song cannot be silent! Singing Love and bringing Life. I am Creator – through me all things were sung into being.
Nothing came into being without me.
I am Logos – God’s Message to humankind.
I am The Light – no darkness can overcome me.

I thought…HARD!
If WORD was there in the beginning, then WORD was never created!
If WORD was there in the beginning, then WORD was the one who created.
If WORD was there in the beginning of all things, then WORD created ME!

“Come with me”, WORD said, “I’ll show you.”
We found ourselves in an animal shelter. Cows, sheep and …. a newborn baby with his mother and father. Shepherds with simple hearts and shining eyes, kneeling in the dirty hay praising and worshipping God the WORD in human form.

I am starting to understand. WORD said… “My Creation have forgotten me, so I am singing them my Logos; my God Song. Coming to my people in human form: WORD made flesh.

A life-changing WORD from God the Father. Living among you. Bringing the True Light.
And why? To remind you… I LOVE YOU!

And if you believe in me, you are my child.
A “baby WORD” if you like. A child of God. Full of grace and truth.”

Now I understand… I AM LOVED.[1]

Prayer: Ever-present God, you spoke your Living Word and revealed to us in your Son Jesus Christ a love so deep, a mercy so endless, and a grace that abounds for eternity. Speak to us now, so that your Word may fill all of creation once more. Amen.

Author: Ben Brannan

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

[1] This story was originally posted by Wendy Johnston in her blog “Once Upon a Story Told” – you can learn more about Wendy and read this work and others on her site found here.

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