In the Beginning

John 1:1-3

In the beginning the Word already existed.
    The Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
    and nothing was created except through him.

Genesis 1:1-4

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.


Reflection

The great mystery of the universe, its creation, its existence, its magnificence, is a perplexing and astounding concept that inspires the human soul regardless of race or creed. To gaze up into the night sky at the radiance of light from stars of unfathomable number, spanning distances that transcend our concept of time, is a humbling and awesome experience. This is the work of a Hand of incomparable wonder, a Creator whose imaginative and conceptual mind far surpasses anything we humans have touched on throughout the short expanse of our history.

And Jesus was there from the beginning. The story of Christmas doesn’t begin in the dusty manger in Bethlehem, or with the angel’s announcement to Mary, or even in the words of the prophets hundreds of years before. The story of Christmas begins before the creation of the world, in the blank canvas of a dark night before even the stars had been breathed into being.

As we shape our meditations around the concept of the Divine Night, the great promise of God’s mystery and wonder and awe, today we consider the wonder of that first night, when the void hovered in waiting expectation of the command of its Master. And with one breath was unleashed the limitless expanse of the universe. In the beginning the Word already existed. In the beginning God created. And this was just the start.

Prayer:

Meditate on the vastness of God’s creation, on the perfect detail of his canvas, and on his incredible love that would shape you as his child, bringing you into this complex story as a unique and essential part of his great narrative.

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