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I’m beginning a series of short morning meditations working through the Gospel of John. Tune in on Tuesdays and Thursdays to find a reflection and prayer for the day.

Thursday 2nd February

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 came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

Beginnings are important. It has been said that if you want to understand something’s fruits, you need to begin with its roots. Here John opens his account of the good news about Jesus by going right back to the beginning of everything. ‘All things,’ the apostle says, ‘came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.’ In other words, if you trace anything in creation back and back and back until the very beginning you find Jesus Christ; everything good in the world, and the good that is in everything comes from God.

If we are truly seeking God, God can be found anywhere for all things came into being through him. That is not to say that God is everything (that’s pantheism). Rather, God can use anything to make himself known to us and to speak to us. In particular he has given us prayer, Scripture and meeting with one another.

My point is this: God wants to be found, to be delighted in and worshipped. He has, within himself, light and life and he enlightens everyone. If we come to him, however we begin to come, surely he will reveal himself to us. The challenge for us is whether we choose to come to the light, to accept it and dwell in it or whether we prefer the darkness.

Will you resolve to come to the light and let it shine on you? Why not resolve to spend some time each day in prayer, or meditating on and reading Scripture?

Here’s a prayer you could pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, everything good comes from you. Enlighten my mind and my heart that I may see you this day, living according to your teaching and growing in love for you and for others. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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