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Chaplaincy

Tuesday, Second Week in Advent

John 1:1-5, 9-14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Who Is God?

Our God is infinite. He is holy and righteous, just and merciful. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is patient with us, and His compassion knows no end.

In the same way that the words we speak reveal our nature, so does the Word of God reveal His nature. God sent His Son, His Word, to show Himself to a people that have a tendency to look for him in all of the wrong places. We raise our jobs, studies, wealth, friends, family, aspirations and ambitions to a place reserved only for God. Christ, God incarnate, came to show us a love greater than the love any friend or family member can show us. He came to show us omnipotence that cannot be found in earthly riches. He came to show us the way to eternal life that our academic studies can never unveil by themselves. He came to turn our hearts back to our one and only Creator, the Lord and giver of life.
The greatest gift you will get this Christmas isn’t a pair of expensive shoes, the newest electronic gadget, or hottest sweater. It is the reminder of the greatest gift to have ever been given, the gift that turned our hearts back to the only One who has the power to fill and fulfill it: Christ, the Word of God.

Christ is infinite. He is holy and righteous, just and merciful. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is patient with us, and His compassion knows no end.

-- Leah Krause '14