In the Beginning, Was the Word

     In some religious circles, I hear people speak about finding Jesus. I question the notion that the Savior of the world lost His way. The Gospel of John teaches that the Word (Jesus) was at the beginning with God. When we come into the world, the light is already here with us. Perhaps our faith does not rely on “finding” Jesus but acknowledging the presence of the Messiah. Our greatest joy is discovering that our amazing God remained with us through the most desperate of times.

     Conversion does not depend on one experience of heightened awareness but a transformation of the soul. We realize the Savior remained with us, and in our moment, or series of moments, we embrace this reality. In our confrontation with perfect love, we agree to turn the care of our lives over to the One who gave us life. We agree that we place our trust in the Divine and continue to share the good news of faith.

     On this next to last day of Advent, we see new life right around the corner. The darkness no longer lays hold over our lives as we experience a rebirth into the light of God. Hope is now our guide as despair loses its grip on us. Our lightness creates in us a place in which joy raises its voice in our souls. Our new purpose in life rises far above our cries and into service to God and humanity. We discover new ways of being, livening, and loving. We become new creations.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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