June 1

Genesis 1:1-24

“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.” vss. 1-2

In our time scientists have given us a second by second description of our universe’s origin, and there’s no reason for us to doubt their stories about the Big Bang and the deIn the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the 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.velopment of galaxies and black holes. At the same time we can’t help but appreciate the simplicity of the biblical account as written by our Hebrew ancestors in faith. It may lack scientific details but it provides a rich description of the Creator’s intimate connection to all that exists. Out of the darkness of pre-existence a wind comes from God, a spirit (that’s the word in Hebrew) that sweeps through and over the void, and that triggers an explosion of light and life through the entire universe. Obviously there’s plenty of room for mystery in this familiar creation hymn, and we’re given plenty of freedom to provide whatever details that might satisfy our curiosity. The God we encounter here is in fact the universe itself, and even more than that. There is no where we can ever go where God is not present, nor is there any time in which God has not been present, and no time in which God will cease to exist. And just think, in the midst of all this wonder, we’re the ones who get to know and experience both light and life. We are indeed most blessed!

Thought for the Day: Why was the universe created?

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