by Beth Bondurant
"The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word.
The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.  Everything was created through God:  nothing—not one thing!— came into being without God. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out." From day one... life begins in God's light of amazing potential where nothing is impossible. God's creation includes every seed and cell ... every breath of wind and rain... every combination conceivable... any contingency imaginable. In EVERYTHING, God's Life-Light blazes ... shinning with hope and strength ... mercy and grace... peace and love. To live in God's light is to expect that no matter what mountain or valley... what power or present situation... what future challenge or change... what person or probability... "NOTHING... absolutely NOTHING can ever separate us from God's love". From day one...this knowledge.... this hope... this truth... this belief enables our readiness for whatever comes today... tomorrow...this new year... for all of life. O God... even when I know a storm is brewing... help my heart shine with blazing life. O God... even when insurmountable odds close in on me... open my mind and allow your burning truth to guide my thinking. O God... when the darkness of separation and pain squeeze out my faith and hope... shine the warmth of your healing and hope with every breath... with every step. O God... instill within my spirit the joy of love and forgiveness... of reconciliation and restoration... of kindness and gentleness... of unmistakable generosity and welcome for every person and place present to me today. O God... in trust... I BELIEVE... but in my doubt ... I cling to the promise and potency that no darkness can overcome Your Life-Light that has been shinning ... FROM DAY ONE!