Our scripture this week is John 1:1-18.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
John 1:6-9

God chose John the Baptist as a herald of Christ, one to bring the word that the King was coming. John told those who would listen what was necessary to obtain forgiveness – repent of our sins and live a new life. Many heard this from John and were baptized, ready to receive Jesus.

As we begin a new year, let us be ready to live new lives as well. God wants us to know that no matter what our situation is currently, He is ready to help us, to show us the way and provide the support we need to better love and serve Him and each other. God calls each of us to a better life through a closer relationship.

How can we get closer to God? Perhaps by dedicating time for prayer each day or beginning a bible reading plan. Some of us need time alone with God, while others may be blessed by time in a small group or through a new ministry activity. Ask God to show you how, listen for His guidance and don’t be afraid to try something you haven’t done before. The true light is in our world, we must nurture it in ourselves and go to share it with everyone.

Amazing God, we can scarcely believe You are willing to come to be with us, that after all our failures You still reach out with forgiveness and love. Help us to accept Your grace and go to the dark places bearing the light You have given us. Amen.

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