Meditation Monday, April 5, 2021

“In the beginning, God.” God was careful and intentional with the words he chose for his Word; he wanted to make sure that his words carried the weight of his message. That’s why I absolutely love the first four words of his Book:

“In the beginning, God…”

Genesis 1:1

If God is the source of life, and if we were a result of his life-giving creativity, then we are completely dependent on him for life, identity, meaning and purpose. Not only that – we’re dependent on other people as well. When you look at the doctrine of creation in the first three chapters of Genesis, you’ll find that Adam and Eve lived in constant community with both God and each other. Self-sufficiency never existed, even in a perfect world!


“Help me keep my eyes on you. You are the incarnation of Divine Love, you are the expression of God’s infinite compassion, you are the visible manifestation of the Father’s holiness. You are beauty, goodness, gentleness, forgiveness, and mercy. In you all can be found. Outside of you nothing can be found. Why should I look elsewhere or go elsewhere? You have the words of eternal life, you are food and drink, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. You are the light that shines in the darkness, the lamp on the lampstand, the house on the hilltop. You are the perfect Icon of God. In and through you I can see the Heavenly Father, and with you I can find my way to him. O Holy One, Beautiful One, Glorious One, be my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer, my Guide, my Consoler, my Comforter, my Hope, my Joy, and my Peace. To you I want to give all that I am. Let me be generous, not stingy or hesitant. Let me give you all—all that I have, think, do, and feel. It is yours, O Lord. Please accept it and make it fully your own.”
-Henri Nouwen