Blessed are you, O Lord, who is the Word.

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
~John 1:1

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
~John 1:14

I read my Bible each day to stay close to Jesus. Just the simple act of holding God’s word in my hands while praying through Scripture can overwhelm me with such gratitude that I am compelled to stop and bless the Lord. When I hold passages of Scripture close to my heart, the Word’s grace and truth become more fully realized within me. Moreover, in those moments I receive the gift of a glimpse of God’s glory.

Henri Nouwen describes this as spiritual reading as offers the following insight about “letting the Word become flesh” in our lives.

Spiritual reading is food for our souls. As we slowly let the
words of the Bible or a good spiritual book enter into our minds
and descend into our hearts, we become different people. The Word
gradually becomes flesh in us and transforms our whole beings.
Thus spiritual reading is a continuing incarnation of the divine
Word within us. In and through Jesus, the Christ, God became
flesh long ago. In and through our reading of God’s Word and our
reflection on it, God becomes flesh in us now and makes us into
living Christs for today.*

May the Word transform us each new day through our spiritual reading and reflection.

Blessed are you, O Lord, who is the Word.

*Source: Bread for the Journey , Henri J.M. Nouwen

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