Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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Week of Epiphany, Wednesday, January 5, 2022

John 1:1-18
In the beginning there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. [The Word] was with God in the beginning. All things were made by [the Word], and nothing was made without [the Word] . In [the Word] there was life, and that life was the light of all people. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.

There was a man named John who was sent by God. He came to tell people the truth about the Light so that through him all people could hear about the Light and believe. John was not the Light, but he came to tell people the truth about the Light. The true Light that gives light to all was coming into the world!

The Word was in the world, and the world was made by [the Word, that is, Jesus]. But the world did not know him. He came to the world that was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God. They did not become his children in any human way—by any human parents or human desire. They were born of God.

The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father—and he was full of grace and truth. John tells the truth about him and cries out, saying, “This is the One I told you about: ‘The One who comes after me is greater than I am, because he was living before me.’”

Because he was full of grace and truth, from him we all received one gift after another. The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But God the only Son is very close to the Father, and he has shown us what God is like. 
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

How lonely and dark the world must have seemed in those 400 years before Jesus’ birth. The people who remembered your ancient ways and kept watch in the darkness knew best of your light that returned with Jesus. We too, have felt great darkness and times of loneliness. We draw near to you. Please don’t let the darkness return! Please keep your light and love upon us so we may continue to walk your path with confidence.

Divine Family, you know how simple and frail we are and how we need to experience you with all our senses to communicate and understand. Thank you that Emmanuel (God with Us) came to show us how much you love us and how to be in relationship with you. Thank you for showing us how God provides for us and longs to be with us, and how to follow the light that guides our path.

I see your light on my path today, loving Yahweh, and thank you for… 

We see your perfect love and mysterious ways reflected in the life of Jesus. Your miracles are so common and yet wonderful all the time. You look upon each of us with perfect divine love. May we also become perfect reflections of your love for others. Teach us your ways so we may greet each other in a good way today.  

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 72:1-20
Jeremiah 31:7-14

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