Daily Devotion Monday, January 13

Monday, January 13, 2014 – Psalm 5; Genesis 2:4-9 (10-15) 16-25; Hebrews 1:1-14 and John 1:1-18

Genesis 2:4-9 (10-15) 16-25 – In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up — for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; 6but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground — 7then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.

Hebrews 1:1-14 – 10And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like clothing;
12like a cloak you will roll them up,
and like clothing they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will never end.”

John 1:1-18 – 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Each of today’s readings has something to say about the beginning of all things.

In the Genesis reading we hear the Garden of Eden account of creation with God creating man from dust and breathing life into him, and later woman being created from the side of man. Yesterday in preparing for the Sunday School lesson, I looked up the definition of insufflation:: an act or the action of blowing on, into, or in: Thinking of God blowing his Spirit into us, causes me to go wow. I prefer the first account of creation, the six days of creation. For in it we hear; 26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. The full account of creation in six days is Genesis 1:1-2:3. All this reminds me of a conversation I had with my surgeon. He was going to operate on me and fix my herniated bellybutton. He said he was going to repair the hernia by putting in mesh and sowing me up. When he was done I’d no long have a bellybutton. I said, “O I’ll be like Adam.” He responded, “O, I understand there are two creation stories in Genesis.” And from that came a very good friendship.

In Hebrews we hear how God created all that is and that all this will pass away, but God is the same, and God’s years will never end. Thanks be to God that we can trust in God, even when things are changing day in and day out.

Then in the reading from John we hear how Jesus; the Word, was with God when everything was created and all things came into being through him. Jesus is true life and light. Nothing will silence God’s living word, nor with even death put it out.

When I look up at the heavens on a cloudless, moonless night I simply go wow, all that is in the whole universe is of God’s creation. Everything! Wow! Then when I have opportunity to visit with a doctor about how our bodies work, how each organ (small and large) plays a role in our having life, I go wow! How intricately everything has been made and God chose to breathe His Spirit into us. Wow!

Today, reflect on how God made everything that is, especially you and how breathed life into humanity, into you. Life is a precious gift, given to us. We are called to live to glorify God. May we do so.

Psalm 5 – 8   Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness …
make your way straight before me.

O God, creator of all that is. Thank you for life. Thank you for creating every aspect of the whole universe, thanks for creating us and breathing life into us. Forgive me when I take life for granted. Forgive me when I don’t do all I can to help my body really help me live. Guide me in your ways and may I glorify you through all I think, say and do. Amen.

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