The creation story has become the linchpin of many different strains of theology. I have some concerns about this, because I think it limits the understanding of the vastness of our great God to what may very well be just the first ‘cycle’ of things God ever did. I think it lends itself to a lazy god who snapped his invisible fingers six times and then sat down to watch the history of the world unfold. Personally, I care deeply about what happened on the 8th day… and the 9th… and this morning… and every day in-between. These are important things to consider… to discuss… but I admit that we cannot begin without a beginning. So…
Genesis 1:1-2, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (NIV).
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (NIV).
The creation narrative is important, but I think we sometimes get so caught up in the phrase “God created” that we miss the Spirit, “hovering over the waters.”
Scripture is important, but I think we sometimes get so caught up in words that we miss the Word… Jesus… present at the beginning.
It’s Trinity Sunday, friends, and God, Spirit, and Jesus have all existed in community from the start. We need to grasp that in order to understand the importance of community, overall, as we seek to more fully be and become the people of God. To be created Imago Dei is to be created in and for community. And to be created Imago Dei is also to be co-creators… to work with God.
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