Since Christmas is next week… Did I just say that? Wow! The year is nearly over. Well, since Christmas is next week I will not be blogging and wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas. This next week I will actually be spending some much needed time sitting in front of a fireplace with a good book in hand, spending time with family and friends, eating Christmas goodies, and staying in my pajamas as much as socially acceptable. I hope you all take the time to do just that, to unwind and enjoy the holiday.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The 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.
(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.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No 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.
It is my deepest and most heartfelt prayer that you take time this Christmas season to cherish the things which really matter; give glory where glory is due and be a great example of the love of Christ. Share the true meaning of Christmas this week and every week. May your 2016 be filled with loads of laughter and wonderful memories to cherish all of your days to come.
Until next time….