In the beginning … darkness covered the face of the deep … Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 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. 3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.
The first chapter of Genesis has much to say about the created order and about the place of human beings within it. But first and foremost, it conveys fundamental truths about God. It tells us that God existed before creation, that God alone made everything, and that God is good.
On this first day, God speaks, and light – without which nothing has life – is created. Genesis 1 invites us to hear God’s voice and to see God’s goodness revealed in creation every day.
As you notice light around you today – light from the sun, a lightbulb or a candle – become aware of God’s presence in the world. What does God say to you?
Prayer for the week
Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight!
Move on the water’s face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!
From “Thou whose almighty word”,
by John Marriott (1780–1825)
Notice light around you
Sit and watch the sunlight, a lightbulb or a candle and think about the difference that light makes to our lives.