Sacredness of Creation

Sunday, June 15

6-15By Dale Luffman, Lee’s Summit, Missouri

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.

—Genesis 1:1, 31, NRSV adapted

This is Trinity Sunday, the Sunday immediately following Pentecost. On this Sunday we consider Christianity’s long-held confession that God is Triune. We read an ancient text, remembering the scripture is God-centered.

Scripture is about the triune God and how divine creative will and purpose is expressed through Christ and through the activity of the Holy Spirit. Today’s text offers an opportunity to explore the nature of God—One who creates, sustains, preserves, provides, orders, and loves. The first words of scripture allow us to speak of the centrality of God in scripture, “in the beginning…God….”

Over the years these words have given me pause. These verses proclaim divine activity. The triune God engages in time, and with time, all that exists. God and the creation, or as we sing in the hymn, “Earth and All Stars,” are related. God acts in and on space, as well as time. God stirs the creation into being. God creates!

This is a different depiction of divinity from that of ancient Egypt or of Babylon. God is not a product of the religious imagination, conceived in ancient minds from the violent rending of the god of chaos. No, Israel’s God, the one Christians name Trinity, “creates out of nothing.” The Creator’s first declaration is the creation is “good.” Creation is generated by command of the Divine.

The Divine gives humans an image of God’s own Spirit, birthed into a relationship with the Creator and with all other creatures, even creation itself. In the environment of the good creation, God places the human so the human might thrive. In the bosom of the triune God, human beings come to be, thus birthing a new order and a new reality.

Last Sunday Community of Christ celebrated the remembered experience of God the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) in the primitive Christian community. Scripture invites us this day to affirm in our worship the triune God in the dynamic role of perpetual creation.

Prayer for Peace Creator God, we explore your nature and are awed as the mystery unfolds. We praise you for opportunities to be co-creators with you. May we preserve and protect your sacred creation as we pursue peace.

Spiritual Practice: Encountering Scripture as Continuing Revelation Read and pray with Doctrine and Covenants as Continuing Revelation of God’s vision for the church and creation. Choose a favorite section or focus on counsel in Sections 156–164. Read a few selected paragraphs slowly three or four times. Pause to pray for deep understanding after each reading. What sense of divine presence or invitation comes? What is revealed?

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will become aware of each day as a newly created beginning.

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