In Lay Terms

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas From Lay Terms

I'm up in the great north woods, at my parent's house for Christmas. We've been cooking, talking, and playing. Today, I prepared to play music for a Christmas Eve worship service. It's family time, our first Christmas with my sister's new husband.

I like this time. The days are short, but it gives us more opportunity to shine our own lights. There is snow on the ground up here, so the night is crisp and cold.

I could spend a lot of time writing about what Christmas means to me, I think my friend, John, said it best.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of 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. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.


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