Daily Dose, Oct. 27 — Whole Life & Holy Living

"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 came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-5, 14) I’m not sure when it happened. It hasn’t happened all at once, so it’s been a gradual change over a bunch of years. But every year - and every holiday - I’m reminded that it’s happening. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the retail push toward the next big holiday. I’m talking about walking into Walmart in August and seeing pumpkins and costumes. I’m talking about visiting Target in October and seeing aisles being cleared to make way for Christmas decoration. As Christians, though, it seems appropriate to ALWAYS have a few things front and center. It seems that we should NEVER lose sight of Christmas and Easter. This is, after all, a synopsis of who we are and what we believe! Our faith is predicated on a belief that Jesus actually did come into the world - that he was really the Son of God who came to seek and save the lost. If Jesus is just a kids’ story, a myth, or a fable, then our entire faith crumbles in upon itself. The set of beliefs that we operate from as Methodists (our “theology”) is profoundly incarnational. Simply put, this means that we believe in the incarnation (“putting on flesh”) of Christ who is God’s Son. As we follow him and seek to become more like him, it also means that his work continues to be done through us. It means that when “the Word becomes flesh,” it is still happening when faithful people reflect Christ’s grace and forgiveness. This means that when we reach out in love to the world around us, Jesus comes to “make his dwelling among us.” Jesus’ work is far from over. It continues each and every day. For today, may “the Word become flesh and dwell” in and among each of us! --Rev. Brad Greene