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. Genesis Chapter 1
God created every intricate detail of the world, and every hair follicle and cell in your body. It stands to reason, that we, too, are asked to join in His creation. God is creative and full of life-giving promises. He takes chaos and brings order.
“Wherever there is darkness and pain it is the will of God that humanity acts on the side of goodness and truth. God’s act of creation continues to this day, and Advent is a reminder that human beings are called into living deliberately to make the world a better place.” (Bozzuti-Jones, The Womb of Advent, 2007)
Believe that you, God’s creation, can participate in God’s continuous and magnificent creative creation!
I think upon God’s perfect order and the harmony of His work. Night gives way to day, just as the darkness gives way to light. God created the darkness for a purpose. How could we enjoy the sunrise without the darkness of the night? How can we fathom redemption without our desperate need for a Savior, a blessing without the knowledge of a curse, or healing without suffering?
Jesus, the light of the world, was hidden in the darkness of the womb of Mary. The darkness of the womb was created by God to fashion a human soul, and for His Son, Jesus, to be brought into a world in desperate need of His light.
“In Brazil, they actually describe the birth of a child as the giving of light: dar luz, people say. It is their way of saying–and I delight in this–that a woman has brought a light into the world.” (Bozzuti-Jones, The Womb of Advent, 2007)
I love that my daughter and son-in-law put the baby picture on their Christmas tree–the coming of Advent season, the coming of Jesus, the coming of God’s creation in my daughter.
During the time we found out that our first grandchild is to be born, we went away to a marriage encounter weekend…..
My husband and I experienced an incredible Marriage Encounter weekend. The entire weekend was God creating something new in us individually and as a couple. Our tears brought exhaustion, healing, and hope. We were a part of God’s creation. With no time to walk the beach during the encounter weekend, my exhaustion burst into a renewed spirit as the weekend came to a close. It was just my husband and I, sitting on the deck of the hotel watching the sun set.
The day closed with us watching the stars appear, but so very dear to us, is that first star that appears so bright in the sky.
Parish, my husband, read to me,” A Child’s Dream of a Star” by Dickens. His favorite author and my love for having someone read to me, brought the night to a rapturous close. What a tender story that seemed to give a metaphor to our weekend’s work.
God gently woke us up in the morning with His soft and tender beauty of creation–the new day. Ever so slightly, as the minutes passed, His glorious sun broke forth into a new start–a new day! Just as Jesus came into the world over 2,000 years ago.
This last picture captures my soul work. As I gazed on the sun’s rays pouring forth over the waters, the power and love of our God was bursting forth from heaven on to earth to His people. I imagined myself, like Peter, walking on water, taking the lighted path to a new and renewed Hope. His faithfulness, day after day, sunrise after sunrise, beckoning the world to take part in His creation!
Days after the retreat, I would close my eyes, and I would remember that moment. “God, please keep me here in my soul, my mind, and my spirit!” Cause me never to forget the work that was done, the healing, and the promise that each new day brings a new work–another opportunity to be a part of Your Creation.
“When we are aware, we are more creative. And when we are more aware of the things of God, God is more creative within us. It is not our awareness that causes God to be more active, but we become more conscious of the power of God in our lives.” (Bozzuti-Jones, The Womb of Advent, 2007)
Witness consciously to God’s ongoing act of creation
This deliberate decision is not an act of finality or perfection. I’m still in the midst of my marriage encounter, as well as facing another season in this life’s journey. I walk alongside friends who are struggling with illness, unspeakable loss, and hurting marriages. It’s in the journey we can rest in the uncertainty, knowing that God is faithful. As we walk the lighted path home towards His light and love, He promises to keep creating in us, loving us, and holding us.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10