Scripture

Genesis 1:24-31

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Reflection

Eugene Peterson, pastor and author of The Message Bible, once commented on the importance of our reading, reflecting and connecting with Genesis 1 and 2. He said, “I realize how immediate and powerful, how convincing and life-changing, the creation work of God is among a people who feel so uncreated, so unformed and unfitted for the world in which they find themselves.”

As you begin to pray today, acknowledge the greatness of God, who created you and everything around you. God’s words are still shaping creation. God’s words are still transforming us into God’s image. Place yourself in the hands of this great and wonderful God.

Prayer

Holy God,
Creator of every new beginning,
open my eyes to see your presence throughout this day,
my soul to carry your presence wherever I go,

and my heart to love your presence, right here and now.

Amen. 

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