Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV)
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then 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 he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Words of Hope
I love this creation story. I say this one because there are several in Scriptures. Genesis 1 differs from Genesis 2 and in John 1 there is a completely different creation story.
Which one is right?
I guess I could take the story metaphorically if I wanted to equate the moment of creation to the Big Bang and the remaining days as the slow formation and coalescing of matter into the expanding universe as we now understand it. But I don’t need to try to align the words of Genesis to science, because it’s not a scientific book.
To me it doesn’t matter; they are theological stories not scientific explanations. For me the first one gets to the heart of the matter, not how the universe was created, but why.
Creation was good. The details which are purposefully murky are not as important as the results. A little later on God rests and the Sabbath was born. It was a not-so-subtle way to remind us that rest is important to everything and all creation.
It reminds me that I was created to do good. It gives me a greater purpose in my day-to-day struggle and that I believe was the purpose of the story.
We are put here to continue God’s work; Jesus makes this abundantly clear in his teachings. We are here to help each other, to take care of the world and to bring the realm of heaven to earth.
It is a tough job, so I have to be sure to take a day to rest so I will have the strength to keep going.
May we continue God’s work of creation in our lives and in the lives of others and may we remember to take time to relax and enjoy the miraculous creation we are part of. Amen.