In the beginning . . . God. Can there be a more disruptive idea? . . .
In a culture that has lost its imagination to believe in God as Spirit, we speak a narrative of the world that begins with the Creator God whose Spirit hovers over the deep. . . .
Into the chaos, God spoke creative beauty. Into the darkness, God spoke light. Into nothingness, God spoke something-ness. The promises made by the Creator who brings this kind of life are worth holding to.
—Joy J. Moore, “Let’s Get Started . . . Again,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)
How often do you ponder God’s wondrous creation of the world? Join the conversation.
When God began to create the heavens and the earth—the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters—God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared.
—Genesis 1:1-3 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, enable us to move through the chaos into the new creation you alone have promised. Amen. —Prayer by Joy J. Moore
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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