“In the beginning God created the heavens
and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
I don’t think I’ve ever preached on the creation. That passage comes up in year B of the Lectionary for the Sunday when we celebrate the Baptism of Christ, and I have usually focused on the baptism.
We are looking at the beginning of another year. I remember when we were anticipating the beginning of the new millennium and there were folks who were concerned that there would be widespread power outages. In fact, I had to be on call as chaplain for New Year’s Eve just in case that did happen.
And now here we are. We didn’t have that catastrophe in the shift to 2000, and the world hasn’t ended in the past year. And we are looking forward to 2012.
We don’t know what the new year is going to bring. Many people make resolutions and many of us don’t follow through on those resolutions. But one thing we can know is that God’s promises are always sure. God never reneges on a promise.
I don’t know exactly how creation happened, but I do believe that God created the heavens and the earth. And since that time of creation God has cared for all the people. There may be calamities that cause death and destruction, but God’s love still surrounds us all. There may be illnesses and losses, but God’s love still surrounds all of creation.
That is something to hang onto, folks. We can know that in the midst of whatever befalls us, God’s love is ours. And that is good news!