In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
- Can you name a time when you wished you could begin a day, a relationship, an experience again, hoping for a different result?
- What do you find as the ‘darkness or void’ in your life right now? What would shed some light on your darkness
- Another way to translate the wind from God is that it ‘hovers’ not ‘swept’ over the face of the waters. Would that make a difference in how you understand this passage and what God is doing?
- I wonder what a new beginning as a society might look like.
If we could only go back to the beginning; if only we could start over; if only we could use what we know now to when we started then things might have turned out better. Maybe this is a week you’ve thought that; if only we could have a do-over. While we can’t erase the past and press reset, we can begin again. If we understand God as creator and God as active in the world through events and people, then we can always take what has happened and try again.
You have an opportunity to join us again or for the first time this Sunday at 6 pm on Zoom (Download Bulletin) to go back to the beginning and to find God calling us from the beginning into new places.