The Word in a Manger
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ~ John 1:1
“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” ~ John 1:10
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…” ~ John 1:14
The Word lay in a manger.
Just a Word – no long sentence or complicated explanation.
It was pink and warm, with a little puckered mouth that seemed to be smiling at the cows!
A Word, lying in a box of new-mown hay in the shape of a man-child.
“Baby,” said the Word, “That’s what I am, a baby!”
Then It said,
“Hello world, it’s Me, your Creator.”
Then It cried – because It was hungry.
The Word played in the streets of Nazareth.
It tumbled down the slopes and romped about the lake. It liked that.
“Boy,” It said. “That’s what I am – a boy, Jewish, strong, part of a family.”
Then the Word grew up and went about doing good.
It said, “Let there be light,” and there was!
When It said, “Look at Me!” – even blind eyes saw It!
Some followed the Word to quiet places so they could hear what It said.
It said, “I am God’s Best Thought, and His Last Word. Listen to Me! Answer Me!”
Lord, the thought of You walking around as a human on the Earth amazes me. In awe, I want to praise You and worship You for being such a caring and loving God! You came all this way to live with us and eventually die for us, since only You could do that. This Christmas, help me to listen for Your voice in my life, and to answer You by giving all of my life to You. Amen.