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January 6, 2021

Genesis 1:26-31 (CEB)

26 Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.”

27 God created humanity in God’s own image,
        in the divine image God created them,
            male and female God created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it. Take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, and everything crawling on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I now give to you all the plants on the earth that yield seeds and all the trees whose fruit produces its seeds within it. These will be your food. 30 To all wildlife, to all the birds in the sky, and to everything crawling on the ground—to everything that breathes—I give all the green grasses for food.” And that’s what happened. 31 God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.

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

There is no more life affirming passage in all of scripture than this!  Humanity enters into the story as the final creative gesture of God, and God declares this creation not good, but supremely good - very good.  God gives to humanity stewardship of that which has been created - have you ever stopped to reflect on the enormity of this gift (responsibility)?  Can you imagine creating something wonderful and important and valuable, then turning it over to someone else to care for? 

Stop for a moment and think on this - I'll wait!

What does this say about the generosity of God?  About the dreams of God? About the relationship God would want with humanity?  What about the optimism of God when it comes to the potential of humanity to participate so actively in caring for creation?

I am filled today with more questions for reflection than I am with answers.  Perhaps this is as it should be...for we do best to enter into the story reflectively and filled with awe.

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