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Battle Buddies by Drew Kingery

An Advent Devotion
The Canticles of Christmas
Week Four: Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Thursday, December 28

John 1:1-18

We have all had that one person who always had our back, always stuck with us through thick and thin. A friend of mine calls people like this, battle buddies. I think that is very applicable. These friends are our confidants, encouragers and co-conspirators. Some of these friends are with us for a season or two and some are part of our lives to this day. In high school my battle buddy was Rick. We were thick as thieves as the saying goes.

Rick and I were in all our sports and activities together. During basketball season we would go to Clem’s café in Kearney and have dinner, then go to my house and play ping pong or pool until time to catch the bus to wherever we had to go play that night. We are still friends to this day. We coached fast pitch softball together for years and have gone on golf trips together. I’m sure you get the picture.

In the first verses of today’s scripture passage, John talks about the Word being with God in the beginning. I like to think this is saying that Jesus was at the start and has always been with us through all we go through our whole lives. He is not with us for a season or two but for all seasons.

In verses 9 and 10, John talks of Jesus being the light that the darkness cannot apprehend. By accepting Him, He calls us children of God, and we receive His grace. The light of Jesus guides us and shows us the path we should follow. The path is not always easy but with Him we can do all things.

In verse 14, John says the Word became flesh. Jesus came to live among us. He teaches us how to treat our fellow humans. His coming gives us grace and salvation. As we go through this Advent season, let us give praise for the Word becoming flesh and living among us. Let us give praise for the light and grace that Jesus brings into our lives.

Drew Kingery