Christ Pantocrator, God incarnate in the Christian faith, shown in a mosaic from Daphni, Greece, ca. 1080-1100.

One night a dear friend of Roslyn’s named Joe McGill was praying over this passage in John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…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 1:1, 14).

In the bright darkness of faith, he heard Jesus say: “Yes, the Word was made flesh. I chose to enter your broken world and limp through life with you.”

On the last day, when we arrive at the Great Mansion in the Sky, many of us will be bloodied, battered, bruised and limping. But by Christ, there will be a light in the window and a “welcome home” sign on the door.

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.”

Revelation 22:14

From The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning. Copyright 1990 by Brennan Manning. Used by permission of Multnomah Publishers, Inc.