In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness God called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1.1-5
A Word of Hope
The 21st century Christian has the opportunity to incorporate much scientific evidence into HOW the creation occurred. Real “meat can be placed on the earlier bones” of the Genesis account describing this progressive event. The question of WHY creation occurred will never be a proper subject for investigation by scientific methodology because of its limitation within tangible measurement and observation.
Creation’s WHY, WHO and PURPOSE are part of the intangible reality and must be experienced by humanity’s Homo spiritus. When the creating act is viewed in this matter, it is recognized to be an ongoing creative process. The individual may choose to use her intangible, divine given gifts to progressively interact with the surrounding creation and God’s ultimate purpose for it. As she does this, her inter-relationship with the Divine is strengthened and she becomes a co-participant with God in the unfolding of universal creation.
As in the Genesis story, the Creator expects humanity to live gently within the creation and progressively cultivate the garden of life while also being ever present to the Divine One and Its purpose.
Help me to be ever-aware of my divine-given gifts and to live gently within the creation, remembering that by Your Grace, I am a co-participant in the unfolding of Your universal purpose.
Br. Donald (Luke) Day
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare