The Transformative Word

When I started my Write 31 days challenge, I said it felt like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book. As a child, I remember either getting to the end of one of those books and being really disappointed. Or sometimes I would go back and choose a new ending until I got the one I wanted. Or finally I would get to the end and be satisfied with the ending. As this month comes to a close, I’m extremely satisfied for where God led this series. (Good thing I trusted where God would lead me and YOU!)

God showed up in big ways this month as I looked for and found the Word made flesh in this world. It’s all around us. We just have to look for it. It’s in the simple acts of kindness and love that we show one another. It’s in the brush strokes, camera shutters, musicians sounds, and the writer’s words as the artists and dreamers make the Word flesh and alive. It’s in the gathering at the table and breaking bread together. But most of all, it’s in this precious love letter; the Bible that Christ gave to each of us. And God calls us to remember to make the Word made flesh in this broken messed up world.

When we are able to do that, it seems to me that we are all changed. During this month, I’ve felt God honing and making my own words (and even actions) more powerful. I’ve sat down to write words and been surprised again and again at the ways my own words embody the Word made flesh in this world. Because the truth is that every single one of us are holy story sharers who embody the Word made flesh in this world. And you never know how God might transform your words to make the Word flesh in this world.

I’ve seen it through so many of you as you too have participated in the Write 31 days challenge. I’ve learned new ways to pray and seen how prayer is another way the Word is made flesh in this world. I’ve seen it in Jesus and the many names he has been given. I’ve seen it in the story of so many of Jesus followers. I’ve seen it in the words of favorite songs as they bring the Word to flesh. And these are only just a few. The truth is that God uses each of us to make the Word made flesh in this broken world.

There is a holiness in knowing that as Gods beloved children, we are called to use our gifts in this broken world. There is holiness in seeing the Word come alive in our words and actions. There is holiness in knowing that in the words of Gungor, “He makes beautiful things out of dust. He makes beautiful things out of us.” There is holiness in knowing that the true Word is alive and moving in this world as we continue to share this beloved story as we make the Word flesh in this broken messed up world.

And so as this month comes to an end, my hope and prayer is that we continue to make a difference as we embody the Word made flesh in this broken world. That we remember and don’t forget who and whose we are as we live the Word and share its stories in this world. Because from the very beginning, in the stench and stealth of the manger, the Word was born into this world to transform it in new and amazing ways. Let’s not ever forget that!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”–John 1:1

10 thoughts on “The Transformative Word

  1. This has definitely been a "choose your own adventure" that has worked out well. I have really enjoyed reading your posts and considering all the different ways the Word is made flesh around us. Well done on completing the series, and thank you for all your visits and encouragement too!

  2. I love that Gungor song. God indeed makes beautiful things out of each one of us. We just need to focus on and follow Him. And yes, live out the Word made flesh. Beautiful series, Tara. Blessings to you!

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