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Imagine utter darkness. Total emptiness. Complete silence. And then one voice piercing the void. You, God!
You opened Your mouth and declared Your heart: Let there be light! and His everlasting power changed everything.
Light flooded the universe, the perfect canvas for His radiant creativity. Billions of stars, planets and galaxies blazed into being. Yet You reserved only one place for Your concentrated attention: earth.
Like an artist’s stroke, You brushed water and land into place. Sun, moon and stars rose at Your command. More words here, a rush of color there, and soon vegetation and animals filled the land and skies.
It was all good. You said so Yourself. But You weren’t finished. You wanted people made in Your very own image. People with whom You, the Creator of the universe, could have a relationship. Molding dirt into shape, You breathed Your life into man, and Adam awoke—living, thinking, laughing, and loving unlike anything else in all of creation.
But for Adam needed a helper. So You made Eve—not out of emptiness or dirt, but from Adam’s own rib. You took the one part from Adam closest to his heart to create a helper who would, in very essence, be one with Adam…and one with You. And You said, “It was very good.”
Genesis is the story where love begins…You, our God of the universe creating the world where You would come to have one-on-one relationships with Your people. Of course, Satan and sin entered the picture and severed that unity, bringing pain, death, and despair instead. Like permanent black ink spilled on a beautiful watercolor, the damage seemed irreparable.
But again, Your voice dispelled the darkness. You told of Your Son, the One, true Light of the world who could take away sins’ stain forever. In time, He would come to restore what had been lost. To heal the broken. To make Your people one with You again.
All wasn’t lost. Your masterpiece of hope had only just begun…