The reading for today is John 1:1-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 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. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
In the first few weeks of awe and wonder at our newborn son, Louis and I would muse about where Theo was before he was born. Was he with God? With Grandma and Aunt Robin?
There’s no baby laying in a manger in John’s version of the Christmas story, but we do hear where baby Jesus was before he was born. He was the Word and has been in existence with God since before the beginning of things. What we are celebrating today is that the glory and goodness and grace and truth that is God came and lived among the earth as a human. This Christmas day we are celebrating our salvation, that the Word which we receive in faith enables us to become children of God.
We may not remember where we were before we were born, but we know that both in the here and now and forever more we are connected to God through faith in Christ.
We praise you God for your creation. We give you praise for our lives and this earth, for your gracious love that wraps around the entire universe and brings it to you in the person of Christ.
Ella Moehlman firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer concern: For those who feel broken and alone, that they might know Christ’s love in their lives.