The Life-Light

Today is January 1, 2017. I did not type 2016. Well, not until that sentence. Happy New Year!

Quote of the Day

“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” ― Maria Edgeworth

Word of the Day

Handsel – a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.

Today is Commitment Day. Commitments are different from resolutions, because they are usually made to other people. It is fitting that a day so strongly associated with resolutions should be celebrated as commitment day. I suppose, if you are afraid of commitment, you could go for a swim, as it is also Polar Bear Swim Day.

Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone enjoyed a safe New Year’s Eve. We enjoyed it by going to bed at 10:00.

New Year, new devotional material. For this year, I will be using Living the Message, by Eugene H. Peterson, Daily Guideposts 2017, and The President’s Devotional, by Joshua DuBois. As I recently began doing, the devotional will begin with selections from The Divine Hours, by Phyllis A. Tickle.

55 days until the first Spring Training game.
92 days until Opening Day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

My word for this year is “pray.” My verse for this year is Isaiah 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psa 98:1  Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Psa 119:141  I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.

Psa 71:8  My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.

“O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”~~The Divine Hours

(From Living the Message)

Joh 1:1-18  The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God, 
in readiness for God from day one. 

Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him. 
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.

There once was a man, his name John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.

The Life-Light was the real thing:
Every person entering Life
he brings into Light. 
He was in the world,
the world was there through him,
and yet the world didn’t even notice. 
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 neighborhood.
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 pointed him out and called, “This is the One! The One I told you was coming after me but in fact was ahead of me. He has always been ahead of me, has always had the first word.” 

We all live off his generous bounty,
gift after gift after gift. 
We got the basics from Moses,
and then this exuberant giving and receiving,
This endless knowing and understanding—
all this came through Jesus, the Messiah. 
No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse.
This one-of-a-kind God-Expression,
who exists at the very heart of the Father,
has made him plain as day.

Father, may we all see this Jesus, “plain as day,” throughout each day of 2017. Bring us his light, that we may have life!

Grace and peace, friends.

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