The reading for today is John 1:10-18.
10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. 14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, "This is the one I spoke about when I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'") 16Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
In the first few verses, the Gospel of John records that the world came into existence by the triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Son and the Holy Spirit were joined with the Father since the beginning of all creation.
What is lacking is human awareness. I sometimes think of faith as a wrapped gift that sits under a Christmas tree. This gift is neatly wrapped and contains a beautiful gift—God’s grace. The gift is wrapped and ready to be given, but the receiver does not even notice it sits there waiting to be unwrapped. Inside of this gift is the salvation that we have received through the death and resurrection of Christ.
How do you plan to perceive the gift of the new day that God wants to share with you this day? God’s blessing is there, but our awareness may not. On this tenth day of the Christmas season, may you be aware of the gift of Immanuel—the God who is present with us today, come what may. Pay attention to the gift that God wants to offer you this day, for His grace and mercy is genuinely remarkable.
Holy God, may you shower your grace and mercy on us this day as we continue to celebrate your coming to us in your Son, Jesus. Bless us with your gifts this day and every day as we enter this new year. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Pastor Steven Cauley firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray for God’s daily renewal through our baptism into Christ as we enter a new year. That God may lead us from human despair to hope, and from fear to trust. That in this new year, God will lead us from hate to love, from war to peace.