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. Genesis 1:1-5
Monday, August 2, 2010
Light and Dark
The God of creation is a God of motion who takes the stuff of creation and orders it. God shapes what was into something new. God speaks and the new comes into being. This is a text that can be used for good or bad. For light and dark have been associated with people and places rather than oppression and freedom, control and being, separation and connection, order and complexity. We want to gravitate to a word that is ordered, that has been separated out from what is dark and dangerous. The problem is when we place ourselves in the position of orderer and separator; God's words may be and are very different from the order we seek. All of what God has created is good; why than do we attempt to label it as bad and keep the bad in a tight confined box. But a box that is waiting to break out. The moving God of creation help us to hear your word of goodness. To know that all that you made is good, that all that you made has a purpose even if we cannot see it.