Texts: Genesis 1:1-13; 1:26-2:3; John 3:14-21
Long, long ago, before you and me – before people – before animals, plants and bacteria, before the earth, and stars, before anything. When the universe was just an unrehearsed verse in the mind of God, all was dark and unformed. Only a breath from the Creator swept across the void.
The breath gathered into a shape, a word. That word was “light,” and when it was spoken, there it was – light. And the Creator saw that the light was good. The light was separated from the darkness, and thus began the dance of night and day, evening and morning.
The generation of light was assigned to the stars, and with it the power of creating the full range of elements. Stars were born and stars died, and in their death they seeded the expanding order with these elemental gifts out of which the rest of creation would be formed.
The Creator spoke again. Rocks clustered and crashed and formed a planet, a dome with waters above and below, sky and seas, and dry land. And the Creator saw that this was good. To the land and sea was given the...