O sing to the Lord, for the Lord
has done marvelous things!
Once upon a time, a few years ago, I read a story in a Bible study. A boy of about six years of age was sleeping in his bed, when suddenly there was a fierce thunderstorm. He awoke and called out to his dad because he was so afraid!
Dad came into his son’s room, offered some comfort, and said, “Don’t forget, God is with you. It will be okay.” The child replied, “Yeah, Dad, I know God is here . . . but right now I need someone with skin on!”
“And the Word became flesh and lived among us.” I’m partial to Eugene Peterson’s rendering of this verse in The Message: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” God is indeed doing a new and marvelous thing. God’s home is among mortals.
Earlier in John 1, Peterson paraphrases:
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
This is what we celebrate on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day: the birth of the Messiah, the incarnation of our God, a new beginning—a new creation. This is now our life, living with the “true light, which enlightens everyone.”
Shine, sisters and brothers! God is doing a new thing, this time through you!
Maggie Wellert, retired pastor, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Moravian Church