Monday, 17 December 2012

Pause in Advent: Light


The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out.

The Life-light was the real thing: every person entering Life he brings into the Light.

He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn't even notice.

He came to his own people, but they didn't want him.

But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, he made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.

These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten.

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.

We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

(John 1 from Eugene Peterson's Message)

5 comments:

Pom Pom said...

True from start to finish. Perfect.

Betty said...

I like that phrase of being 'child of God selves' a reminder we are all part of the One God. Have a good week . Betty

Catherine said...

Perfect indeed! I just love The Message. The language takes you by surprise & slips around your defenses so that you wake up to the words & the truth in a whole new way...time after time. X

Floss said...

Excellent! Catherine's right - seeing it written in a new way makes it 'slip around our defenses' and we have to face what it's really saying. But I also like the old versions too - we will be listening to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College on the radio and that version also always makes me sit up and listen. You are right to label it 'philosophy' - John strikes right to the heart of things in this passage.

Kezzie said...

Beautiful- I've never seen that version before!!!