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Scriptures in the Manger - Bible Reading Tip

Gospel in the Manger - Photo courtesy of Paul Mixdorf"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." These words from John 1:1 speak to the powerfully incarnational nature of Christ and the Scriptures. They are poetic, metaphorical and reality all at once. As we read the Scriptures, we yearn to understand and live what we find there, to make our faith tangible.

One simple gesture that can do this is to treat the Scriptures, the Bible that we hold in our hands, with reverence. If your congregation uses a gospel procession in worship, the person who carries the Bible can raise it up as they walk, a gesture of honor in the worship of our incarnate God.

At Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn., the Bible is laid in the manger in the chancel after the reading of the Gospel during the Christmas liturgies. This profound gesture makes real the words, "The word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14).

[Photo: © Paul Nixdorf]

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