The Gospel of John avoids telling us about the familiar characters of the nativity and instead begins the narrative of Jesus’ life with the drama of creation. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”

Words are powerful. Words put together carefully can do a world of good and words put together wrongly can do a world of hurt.

When God first used the words, “Let there be,” it was to push aside the darkness and chaos and create room for light and beauty.

The pinnacle embodiment of God is born for us in Bethlehem, and is born again and again into receptive hearts, which means the light has found its home with those who are quietly wandering through the dark.

May we be found dispelling some darkness this Christmas, doing a world of good for others.

A holy and happy Christmas, my friends.

Bob Dannals
Interim Rector