January 2021 - from the Desk of Dave Smazik
The first chapter of the Gospel of John is often read during the transition from the Christmas season into a new year. The Light has come! We celebrate its presence among us! And, in this particular moment in time, we live with hopeful anticipation of what the brilliance of the light can mean for 2021.
Tucked in these verses, John also provides some understanding of the wattage of the light that we celebrate: “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16) Grace can illuminate our souls as we sense the darkness of the pandemic threatening to seep further into our lives. Grace, often overshadowed in our Christmas celebrations of the light’s brilliance, is the gift of the light that keeps on giving. A gift without discrimination. A gift without restriction. A gift which multiplies when given and received.
The journey of this past year has drained us, possibly to the point of emptiness and exhaustion. It is important for us to encourage one another in our recognition of grace as we move into the possibilities of the new year. In doing so, we will magnify the brilliance of God’s presence, sustained by the overflowing fullness of Christ.