In the beginning, God used words to create order out of chaos; life where there had been no life. And when the gap between God and God’s people seemed almost impossible to bridge, God provided a Word that proclaims how much God loves us.
Words are powerful. Words can hurt or heal. While careless words can do great harm, thoughtfully spoken words encourage, inspire, affirm, forgive, reconcile and more. It’s difficult to image life without words.
In Jesus, God’s creative, redeeming and healing word became flesh. Jesus not only spoke powerful words, he brought them to life through his loving example.
So today, as we remember God’s word in the beginning of creation and the beginning of Jesus’ life among us, we use our words to celebrate new beginnings.
When I was a parish pastor, sometimes my wife and I had to fly on Christmas afternoon so that we could join others in our family to celebrate Christmas with them. Only those who really had to be there were at the airport. Everyone seemed to make a special effort to be pleasant and helpful to each other. I know that I did.
Does today give you time and space to say a good word to someone who needs to hear those words?
Gracious God, help me to find the words to bring God's Word to us in Jesus alive for someone else today. Amen. — KW