Awe and wonder

The Word

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5)


This is one of Scripture’s most familiar passages. Although sometimes overlooked because of its familiarity, these words are filled with precious and priceless spiritual gems for the hearts and souls of those who strive for a life grounded in truth. We benefit when we slow down, quiet ourselves before the heavenly Father, and—to borrow an antiquated but wonderful term—bask in the beauty and life found his Word.

Closer examination of this passage reveals depths of mystery beyond human comprehension. How can we imagine the starting point for biological life, and yet be told before life appeared there was already someone awaiting its arrival? How do we really process that thought? There is no comfort using human rationale here.

Welcome to the edge and mystery of the other-world of God, as seen in today’s reading. We can get a glimpse, but we will never exhaust the boundless landscape that is the mysterious truth of Christ. For those whose lives are found in this singular deity, this passage provides a serene place of security and trust, not suspicion and confusion.

Within the beautiful sea of absolutes contained in the first five lines of 1st John—just awaiting discovery by any genuine seeker of peace for the soul—is the solution for humanity’s plight: the Word, Jesus Christ, the light for our dark world. Christ is the giver of life and light; he is the surety for our souls. The wise embrace him in worship and service.


Lord, I sit in wonder this morning as I dwell on your inexhaustible power, infinite wisdom, and mysterious ways. What more can my finite mind do than marvel in reverence at your greatness? What more can my heart do than humbly bow before you in gratitude for the abundance and generosity of your perfect love? It is you I worship and adore, mighty God. Amen.

“Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.” Matthew 6:9



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