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. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. —John 1:1-5, 9-14, NRSV
Today we celebrate, not only the birth of our Lord and Savior, but the mystery of a Creator who cared so much for his creation that he emptied himself and put on flesh forever.
Jesus is the Word made flesh in our midst. May his incarnation fill your hearts with joy and peace.
O Lord, give us peace.
Jesus is the promised Savior, born of Mary. May his birth among us renew your hope.
O Lord, give us hope.
Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. May the gift of his presence bring forth rejoicing.
O Lord, give us joy.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.