"God, before I ever took a step toward you, you came to us in the flesh through your Son Jesus. By your Word and Spirit, may I encounter you now. Amen."
Song for Reflection: You Never Let Go
Scripture Reading: John 1:1-14
There is a popular habit in contemporary philosophical and spiritual reflection to describe God as a "mystery." God, we are sometimes told, is so beyond us that none of us should be so bold to claim that we really get God, or know God. So with a respectful and polite nod to mystery, we can easily give up our spiritual quest. The mountain is too great to climb!
Now, it's certainly true that God exceeds our understanding. None of us could ever fully grasp all of who God is. But this Scripture witness to a very different experience of God. For one, the God who sits on high is "Word." God is not impenetrable mystery, but has meaning and sense. Further, this Word "became flesh and made his dwelling among us." God does not dwell high up on a mountain beyond us. Not at all! Rather, God comes among us. God enters into our space and time. God enters into our experience in a way that we can grasp, feel, and touch.
Perhaps you've given up on the quest to get to know God personally. But God is determined to get to know us - to get to know you! I invite you to interact with today's Scripture reading, and the rest of the Scriptures this week, with an openness to believe that God is reaching out to all of us humans - in all of our difference and complexity and brokenness - in Jesus.
In Jesus, God meets people where they are at. Today where are you at spiritually?
How does Jesus connect personally with the people in this story?
What do you sense is God's invitation to you today?
"God, thank you for making me and pursuing a relationship with me. May I seek after you today. In Jesus' name, Amen."