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January 3, 2021

Genesis 1:3-8 (CEB)

God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night.

There was evening and there was morning: the first day.

God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters to separate the waters from each other.” God made the dome and separated the waters under the dome from the waters above the dome. And it happened in that way. God named the dome Sky.  There was evening and there was morning: the second day.

As we enter into the six days of Creation we notice that the theme of the first days is all about making the world habitable for plants, animals and humans.  God makes that which was uninhabitable now habitable, changing chaos to order.  First light, which brings order to the days; created out of nothing...the theological term is ex nihilo...something that only God can do.  Create something out of nothing.  Even the best artist needs materials to begin the process of creation.  Not so with God, who speaks light into being - who speaks and brings order to chaos - who speaks and brings light into darkness.

We enter the story when we humble ourselves to listen to the powerful speaking of God.  Are you listening?

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