Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beginningness


Before the beginning of time was the eternal God. Our beginning was His creation of space and a nascent mass we would someday call home. The earth was an assemblage of primordial solids, liquids, gases and plasmas still with out form; still unlit. His Spirit moved across its face as God said: "Here is light. So be it." The light's embracing  and warming of the cold dark world pleased Him. He spun the planet to separate the hours into days and nights. The first day came to a close.

The next day, God separated the waters above and below: "So be it." He called the moisture above "sky", and the sunset and dawn of the second day in this primeval atmosphere  created a global rainbow.

On the third day, God next separated the solid particles from water below to create land and sea.  "So be it" He said, and it was pleasing. But land needs roots to bind it together and make it alive, so God caused plants of all kinds to spring forth from the once sterile ground. Fertile soil was created. "So be it." He was pleased as another evening and morning brought an end to the third day.

On the fourth, God separated the nebulous glow of light by allowing celestial bodies to shine through the  clearing atmosphere. It was as it was willed. The cosmos danced across the heavens, and the sun and the moon raced. God was pleased.

The next day, He made the waters below and above alive with new life: leviathans; bugs; whales; bats; birds; and fish. They all pleased Him, and He blessed them with the fruitfulness of ongoing creation. Evening passed and then the dawn; fifth day done.

God continued populating the planet by introducing land animals into the green paradise; and it pleased Him. He said: "This next creature I will make in My own image with My own essence so that it may be able to rule over my earthly kingdom with wisdom and compassion." So He formed humanity in all its many visages in His image, in His image He made them all; He made them like Himself,  male and female. He blessed them too with fruitfulness, and gave them authority on behalf of their fellow creatures. "See," He said, "I've given you everything you need to thrive, and abundance to sustain you and give you joy."

God looked at the intricate relatedness of each of  the worlds He created. We too see the intricate intimacies of life on earth - the chains, webs and circles of mutualism and dependence. He was pleased with His work; it was bustling, teeming, complete and whole - perfect. So He finished and took the final day off. He blessed this seventh day and made it a holy day to enjoy creation and to remember the Creator.

These are the generations of God's creation of all.

(Retelling of Genesis 1:1-2:4a)


 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
 Your glory is higher than the heavens.
 You have taught children and infants
      to tell of your strength,
      silencing your enemies
      and all who oppose you.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers -
      the moon and the stars you set in place -
      what are mere mortals that you should think about them, 
      human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned themwith glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
      putting all things under their authority -
      the flocks and the herds
      and all the wild animals,
      the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
      and everything that swims the ocean currents.
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Psalm 8

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