8 day plan

Hope in a Time of Disaster

Day 6 of 8


John 1:5

5That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.

Reflections: All is not lost, even in the worst of circumstances and the hardest of situations. The light of love cannot be extinguished. Christ is the Word of God incarnate, the light of the world. In Christ all is redeemed, not only in terms of eternal salvation, but in the renewal of creation and all situations and circumstances. This is not necessarily in big, miraculous ways, but in the renewing of our minds in hope and grace, and through our joining with God in the work of compassion and love, which in the face of disaster can be miraculous in itself.

God of hope and resurrection,
As Christ you know pain, death and loss.
In the face of devastation,
In the face of suffering,
In the face of grief and mourning,
In the face of pain and hurting,
We might name you present,
And pray our hearts out for change,
But hope is hard.
Peace takes work.
Joy seems a far reach,
And love appears to be all that remains.
Miracles do not often abound,
They are there,
Scattered like jewels in the ground,
But for many the only option is to live through the hardship,
Trusting in your way,
And looking to love and support from others.
All is not lost,
Compassion and care live in the human spirit,
Created there in your image,
Waiting to be awakened,
By the need of others.
All is not lost.
Hope remains.
The light of love cannot be extinguished.
Grace is always at the ready.
The way is hard.
Tears flow like rivers.
Frustration and hurt fuels anger which threatens to corrupt any good.
Loss is everywhere.
But all is not lost,
For you hold our future,
And you are with us always.
God we trust in you,
Wake us up so that we can join with you
In your work to bring hope and healing,
Open up generosity in our souls,
That the rich might not be poor in spirit,
And that all might unite for the common good for all.
All is not lost,
But it takes us to help those who have lost all,
And so we pray with you.


John 1:1-51


1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.

6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

10He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

14The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified concerning him and exclaimed, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”) 16Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness, 17for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side — he has revealed him.

John the Baptist’s Testimony

19This was John’s testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?”

20He didn’t deny it but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”

21“What then?” they asked him. “Are you Elijah?”

“I am not,” he said.

“Are you the Prophet?”

“No,” he answered.

22“Who are you, then?” they asked. “We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?”

23He said, “I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord — just as Isaiah the prophet said.”

24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25So they asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?”

26“I baptize with water,” John answered them. “Someone stands among you, but you don’t know him. 27He is the one coming after me, whose sandal strap I’m not worthy to untie.” 28All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Lamb of God

29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’ 31I didn’t know him, but I came baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he rested on him. 33I didn’t know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The one you see the Spirit descending and resting on — he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

35The next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus. 38When Jesus turned and noticed them following him, he asked them, “What are you looking for?”

They said to him, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39“Come and you’ll see,” he replied. So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon.

40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed him. 41He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated “the Christ”), 42and he brought Simon to Jesus.

When Jesus saw him, he said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated “Peter”).

Philip and Nathanael

43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and told him, “Follow me.”

44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

46“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him.

“Come and see,” Philip answered.

47Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

“Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered.

49“Rabbi,” Nathanael replied, “You are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel!”

50Jesus responded to him, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51Then he said, “Truly I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”