The creation story in Genesis was written thousands of years ago. Does the Declaration of Independence seem ancient? Genesis is many times older. Its writers didn’t know what science has since learned about the earth, water, sky, sun and stars. But oh, they knew the creative presence of God, the feel of the mighty wind stirring the depths, the tender force of the hand that forms and orders all things. They saw the poetic harmony among all the different parts of the world we know, and the beyond we are aware of but don’t yet know.
The Spirit of “the beginning” is the Spirit of now. There is no other. And the gospel shows us that all this radiates in the person of Jesus—who brings the same wind, force, power, tenderness and healing presence by which God breathed life into us and our world.
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