"“In the beginning was the Word..." The First Week of Lent
John 1:1-3, 14
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
This morning on the way to work, it seemed like a strange combination to be stepping over snow piles while listening to birds chirping. The birds know that spring is coming, even though the storms haven’t quite figured it out yet. The birds are evidence of the promise of spring.
This week we enter the season of Lent. In our Bible study this week, we are focusing on Jesus as the Word of God, the Word made flesh. What does it mean to give someone your word? Our word is our promise. Jesus Christ is God’s promise to us – and not just a verbal promise but a promise who came in the flesh so that we could see and know the love that God has for us.
Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of God’s love – we get overwhelmed by the demands of midterms and work and expectations. It is times like these that we need to stop and listen. Listen for the birds chirping, listen for the still small voice, listen for a reminder of the promise that God is with us, God has promised never to leave us or forsake us. It may seem like the storms will never cease, but I promise, spring is around the corner.
Rev Carolyn Poteet