From the Mat: Weekend Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in his was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not over come it. ~ John 1:1-5

 
I love this passage; one of my favorites.  The words are like poetry…..beautiful language.  It just sounds so….hopeful.  Comforting.  Reassuring. They inspire confidence in something….something bigger than yourself.
These are the longest periods of darkness of the year – in earlier times people actually believed that forces were at work.  Darkness often brought fear – real and imagined.  Today, we don’t really fear darkness – at least physical darkness.  But perhaps we fear darkness of another kind.  Insecurities.  Doubt.  Failure.  Struggle.  All dark moments indeed.
But this passage from John assures us that the Word that spoke all into being, God, is with us.  God is not only with us, but he brings light into our darkness.  Whatever you’re facing today – on or off the mat – God will shine light into it.  What feels life sucking, God will breathe life back into it.  God promises that the dark moments of our life will not overcome us.  That is a promise we can trust; it’s something bigger than yourself.
My prayer is that you each see God’s light shining in your lives, revealing those things and moments where life feels as it should – a gift.
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