September 14, 2015

John 1:14 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.

I’m not very good with computers. I know there are virtually unlimited things you can do with them but I tend to stick to very basic word processing, spreadsheet making and internet surfing. Every now and then I want to try something new or different but I can’t find the correct command or series of steps. Instruction books or help screens are often to technical or just don’t click in my mind. When other people give me instructions they tend to get frustrated with my slowness of comprehension and, if they can, just do it for me but then I remain as ignorant as ever. But when I can watch someone go through the process, see how they are doing it and communicate with them, sooner or later it begins to make sense. What I couldn’t get from an instruction manual or verbal command I can sometimes pick up through personal interaction. God gives us the great gift of life but so often we don’t know how to make it work. Even when we have good intentions we aren’t able to develop supportive relationships and find peace of mind and live in just ways, at least not to the degree that seems right. So God comes to us as one of us to teach and to touch and to transform. We look to Jesus to encounter the wisdom and the love and the acts of the God who made the world. He came in the flesh in history and remains in the scriptures, in prayer, in creation, in worship, in those around us. Where is God “dwelling among us” this week?

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