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.
~ John 1:1-5
Within the first chapter of the gospel of John, we are told, "And the word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14)
These words, for me, have often brought me hope. God becoming one with us, is a reminder to the great lengths God will take so that God may have a presence with us. Jesus is the living word.
So often I remind people that our words are important. Without our words, our actions would be meaningless. Without meaning, our words, and for that matter, our lives, cannot exist. Even in the silence, our presence can be important to others, but it is our words that can offer hope, support, strength, and comfort. Our words can take away shame, guilt, loneliness and fear. Without our words, we cannot express forgiveness, offering healing and wholeness, and reconcile ourselves to one another. Our words can be an expression of our joys, while bringing peace and offering expressions of thankfulness to one another. In many ways, our words are the bearers of love. The same love that God has for us in the word becoming flesh in Jesus.
The act of the word becoming flesh has been the greatest symbol of love.
Our words, when they become flesh in our lives and those around us, they can overcome obstacles and change the world, while changing us as well.
When you consider the words, "I love you," "I am sorry," "I understand," and "I forgive you," they carry more than just the words of a sentence. They are empowering and life-changing.
Jesus is God's word for us made into flesh. Through the words of Jesus to us, we are more than just followers of God's word. We too, are made into instruments of the living Christ to others.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.