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This is My Father's World
by Elaine Pierce
We are starting a sermon series on the Apostles' Creed. The first phrase is one you probably all know: "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth."
These few verses in Genesis are an excellent reflection of this ancient creed, which has been used in the church as early as the second century. Genesis 2:1 is particularly descriptive of God's creation:
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
Doesn't that seem like an understatement? To start from nothing - the earth was formless and empty - and to create light...the seas...the sky...the land...the plants...the sun and the moon...every living creature...men and women...yes, indeed, this is a Vast Array!
This is the time of year when many of us head off on vacation. We head off to the beach, or to the mountains, or perhaps, to another country to explore a new place. It is almost impossible not to see the "vast array" of God's creation when you take the time to walk along the beach, or to climb a mountain, or perhaps to go on a river cruise and explore new cities and landmarks.
I am reminded of the psalmist's words in Psalm 113:
"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised."
God has gifted us with an incredible world. He is the maker of heaven and earth. Take some time today to thank him for this creation. He delights in our praise.
Lord, you created the heavens and the earth in all its vast array. We stand in awe of your creation, and we thank you for the privilege of stewarding this world. Help us to give you all praise and glory, and to recognize your hand in the beauty of this world. Amen.