Forgive the extended break from BLOGGING.  For a variety of reasons I won’t go into, it was not possible for me to make regular updates over the past few months.  However, I’m back, and hope to continue to offer some personal reflections on the Bible passages we will be studying at our church each Sunday over the course of this autumn and winter.  But, first, back to the summer; if indeed that was what we have just witnessed in recent weeks.  The 4th of July is normally a significant date only for those who live in North America.  Much feasting and celebration greets each new Independence Day.  However, that date in the year 2012 was a red-letter one for anyone interested in particle physics.  The much-hyped Higgs boson, otherwise referred to as the "GOD particle," appears to have been identified by scientists in Switzerland.  The search has lasted almost half a century for this particle, which imparts mass to every other particle.  As I understand it, in layman’s terms, scientists claim this is the "glue" that holds the universe together.  This fascinates me on more than one level.  Isn’t it odd that those who are largely secular atheistic researchers would use the term, "GOD particle"?  In an arena where many vociferously contend that there is no God, He remains a reference point!  Yet, this ought not to surprise those of us who believe the teaching of Holy Scripture.  Both at the beginning of the Old Testament (in the Book of Genesis), and near the start of the New Testament (in the Gospel of John), we have constant assertions that God was the prime mover in fashioning and holding all things together.  Resuming our studies in the E100 Bible Guide this Sunday morning, we will focus our attention on the claims of the apostle John about Jesus, as fully man and wholly God.  In fact, John employs an important word – LOGOS – in describing the Lord, which simply means, "the Word."  Leaving narratives of the virgin birth in a cattle stall at Bethlehem to Matthew and Luke, in his Gospel, John digs deep, intellectually and theologically, painting a wonderful and majestic picture of Jesus as "the Word made flesh."  One of my friends describes the incarnation as "God with skin on"; a phrase that echoes the name "Immanuel," which translates as "God with us."  It seems to me that the search for the "GOD particle," which has cost millions (if not, billions) of dollars, could have been much simplified if those who were seeking had just looked in the right place!  Colossians 1: 15-17 tells us: "He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."