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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 24 - John 1 (Larry Jameson)

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's verse was written with hindsight - not for the Bethlehem Herald News. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 23 - John:1 (Jessica Murphy)

"He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him." The first thing that comes to mind when I read this verse is the general feeling of being rejected, which is pretty awful. The more you love someone, the more devastating that rejection can be... and here Jesus was, going to his own chosen people, and he wasn't accepted. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 22 - John 1 (Amy Cox-Martins)

He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.  The true light which enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
 
I am very happy to have been given this passage from the Book of John. For a few reasons, in particular to take a look at the concept of "the light".  Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec 21 - John 1 (Kristen Mahoney)

He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
 
Light is a concept that started taking new meaning for me almost 11 years ago, when my first child was born. My husband, Whelan, and I had decided that if we had a daughter, we would name her Lucy, which means "light" (we just liked the name; the pleasant word origin was a happy coincidence). Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec 20 - John 1 (Jean Bleasdale)

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. This is such a profound message for this year, many people feel our society has been consumed by darkness. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 19 - John 1 (Marymae Henley)

"What has come into being in him is life, and the life was the light of all people." Existence versus life. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 18. - John 1 (Danny Rickard)

"He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and  without him not one thing came into being."
 
 I meditated on my passage and made it my mantra for the mediation (well because, honestly I wasn't sure what to do with it).  Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 17 - John 1 (Meg Persechetti)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. I wonder, "What is the Word?" The response that comes time and time again is one's breath: the ability to breathe. Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 16 - Matthew 2 (Tillie Jo Emerson)

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. This very brief passage holds a world of symbol and meaning as well as a tension filled and colorful story.  Read more
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ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 15 - Matthew 2 (Brian Bamforth)

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. Read more

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