In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it... The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:1-5, 9-13
John declares that Jesus (the Word), was with God and all things were made through him—all life, all light. Jesus has come as the true light to overcome the darkness. To everyone who believes in his name he gives the right to become the children of God.
Ponder: Where in your life does it feel like darkness is winning? Do you believe that the True Light has come to dispel your darkness? Have you simply believed in the name of Jesus Christ and rested that this was all you had to “do” to become a child of God?
Praise: Jesus Christ is the light of men and the darkness will not overcome Him.
Artist: Luke Allsbrook, "Topsail—Sunrise Over Storm Clouds" www.lukeallsbook.com
We were stirred by Jonathan's discussion of territories vs. hierarchies as it relates to artists and writers. As a writer himself, he encourages creators to push past the tendency to compare and tend to their own journeys as creators.