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What year is this, dear reader?

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God….The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.” John 1:1, 4

As the photo would suggest, these thoughts are being penned in the year of our LORD, 2016, as history would record years

What year is it now for you, dear reader?

Today, in my time, is the day after Christmas.  It is near the dawn of 2017, should time, or I, be allowed to continue but a few days more.  The holiday season always brings an added degree of nostalgia and reflection.  I hope it to be a healthy thing, but only I can make it so.

The words of John about The Word, that being Jesus, were penned over 1,900 years ago.

I’m now reading a gift from my wife, the words of a man penned almost 90 years ago.   I think it may be hard to put down.

My son, as well, is reading a gift from my wife, his mother, the words of a man written nearly two centuries prior, as centuries are marked.   He too is finding it hard to put down.

Which brings me back to The Year of our Lord.   What year is it, dear reader?   

Are you and I acquainted, or did you find these words on your own? 

Is it my time, or has that era, seemingly long or alarmingly brief, come and gone?  

Is there peace in the world?

Is there peace within your heart?

Which brings me back to The Word, and to words.  So long as the Sun also rises for me, I want to live a better story, as contemporary author (circa 2016) Donald Miller would say.   

I live a better story when I let The Word write a better story in me.

My aforementioned wife, the one I affectionately refer to as Little Frau, presented me with another gift this Christmas: my own words, volume 1, it seems.

You see, like The Word, I will not walk this earth forever.   Perhaps, as you read my words in this, your day today, I already do so no longer.

And yet The Word is eternal.  He was with God in the beginning, and He is so today.   He is timeless, indeed.

While I was not with God in the beginning, I am given the hope and promise to be just as timeless, if I live in the light as He is in the light.

“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:7‬ 

So, live this day.  Write your story well.  Thank you, dear reader, from  my future’s near present or as one who sees me long passed, for taking a moment to read a part of mine.

The Son also rises, indeed, and it is timeless.


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