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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, January 12, 2021  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Genesis 1:1–5

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. (NRSV)

There was evening, and there was morning, the first day. What comes next? And how will we be part of it?

The creation story describes an ever-increasing diversity of life in our world. From the luminous darkness God creates light and names the Day and the Night. They exist in balance with each other, and both are needed for the future life of our planet and ourselves. God never calls the darkness bad or evil, only calls the new thing “good.”

If you keep reading through the full creation story, God calls each new thing “good,” right up until the creation of human beings on the sixth day. At that culminating moment, “God saw all that God had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). The very good creation is described as burgeoning diversity and harmony, living in balance, organized in cycles of day and night, morning and evening, sacred times and days and years (Genesis 1:14).

After the recent attack on our nation’s capital, I am asking myself, how do we work for the well-being of our world, created by God with abundant diversity and harmonious coexistence? What must we remember, and to what tasks is God calling us? How can we be repairers of the breach and healers of our world?

Holy God of all creation, be with us now in powerful ways. Let your steadfast love be our guiding light. Fill our minds with wisdom and our hearts with courage. Help us to love your creation as much as you love it. Clarify within us our purpose in this life and this moment. Amen.

Written by Nanette Sawyer, Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Small Group Ministry

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