The Power of the Word
It seems like everywhere we look, there are magazine and newspaper articles, tweets, Facebook posts, and picture collages remembering the happenings of 2015. Parties are planned and resolutions are made in the best of intentions. The world is a buzz with sparkle and celebrations. For some, it is a time to celebrate, and for others, it is a day filled with anguish as they remember losses of the past year. Whatever we are doing, wherever God has taken us this year, we can consider this last day of the year as an ending or look to it as an opportunity to embrace the seasons of our life and God’s living Word. The gospel reading for today (John 1: 1-18) reminds us of God’s love and that everything happening in the world, in our lives, is God’s Loving Will working itself out.
As we travel through today’s gospel reading, we are reminded of the omnipotent power of God. In a moment, life is created and life taken away. Creation explodes into being or settles into a quiet stillness by the Word of God. His great love for us is revealed and we are given the opportunity to rejoice in it or to ignore Him. God has infinite power over our very lives and can end them in a heartbeat with one thought, one Word. Yet, in His infinite goodness, God gives us the free will to choose to love Him or walk away through our word.
Words are powerful things. God has given us HIS Word to pray and meditate upon. His Word is an open invitation to encounter the Holy Spirit and be guided into His heart. God used His Word to create the beauty of the flowers, the majesty of the tall cypress trees, and the complexity of one snowflake. God uses His word to continue the cycle of creation and continually beckons us to Him, closer and still closer. Words are powerful things. They can build up or they can destroy. Our words can bring forgiveness and healing or kill innocent hopes, dreams, and desires. Once our words leave our lips we can never take them back. Often they resonate in the minds of others for quite some time. Sadly, for many of us, words of destruction linger for a lifetime and become reruns in our minds and hearts. Yet, all we need to do is open our hearts to the healing words in the confession, to the living Word of God which reveals HIS infinite Mercy.
How do we want to use our words in 2016? Do we want to use them for love or for hate, good or evil? May all of us make the choice to honor God’s Word, appreciate the evidence of His love all around us, and choose to live lives guided by and revealing His living Word because,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1: 1-4)