Readings for Week #1

This week in the Lenten Mystery Knit-Along and study of The Drama of Scripture, we begin this journey at the very beginning. Here we get to take some time to meditate on God’s awesome act of creating the universe. Before sin ever came into the picture, the earth and all that is in it (including humans!) were beautiful, glorious, magnificent masterpieces.

No matter what you think about the mechanics of the Creation event, the important bit is that God did it, and that makes Him pretty much unimaginably awesome, the King of the Universe.

The fact that we were created gives us purpose. Something with purpose has an intention behind it, in contrast to a result, which just happens as a result of a sequence of events. If we weren’t created, we have no purpose – by definition, we’re just a result. But God created us on purpose – there’s a real reason we exist, and that purpose is irrevocably linked straight back to God – the King of the Universe and Lord of our lives.

Do you realize how much value this places upon your life? If you are anything like me, and had a deep penchant for self-loathing, the truth that you are created by God is powerful. I hope this week that you curl into a comfy corner with a Bible, maybe light a candle, and glory in how precious it is that you were created on purpose by God.

If you are reading The Drama of Scripture, this week read “Act 1: God Establishes His Kingdom: Creation” (pp. 29-40).

Here are some Scripture passages to meditate on this week. (If you don’t have a Bible, I’ve linked to the passages on Bible Gateway for you.)

  • Genesis 1:1-2:3 – The first and most familiar Creation account.
  • Genesis 2:4-25 – The second creation account. Imagine what it would be like to walk in the garden with God, naked and unashamed.
  • Psalm 19:1-6 – In which the glory of creation testifies to God’s glory – as it was meant to do.
  • Job 38:4-41 – God confronts job with the glory of His act of creation, proof that God is God and we are not. (If you love this passage, continue through chapter 41.)
  • John 1:1-13 – All three members of the Trinity were present at Creation – this passage highlights the Son’s role.

 

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

~”St. Patrick’s Breastplate” v. 4. #370 in the 1982 Hymnal. Attributed to St. Patrick (372-466).

2 thoughts on “Readings for Week #1

  1. Linda says:

    Thank you for this beautiful essay! It is a good and wondrous thing to meditate on the magnificence of God creating ME…..and then to challenge myself to:
    1) avoid guilt as much as possible,
    2) be grateful for myself, goods and bads,
    3) respond in love and acceptance towards others.
    I have always LOVED God’s creation, and I get the concept of loving others, but it has always been a bit hard to be OK with loving myself through and through. I’ll ponder this….see if I can let some more things go…….

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  2. Vickie says:

    Yes, I agree with all that Linda has said. And for me, I add Ephesians 1, to the scripture readings. What I have been learning is that I am not an after-thought! I was created with a purpose in mind – to worship Him! He designed and created me, just as I am, and He sets the boundaries of my life in place, just as in creation He separated and set boundaries! I believe for some of us, it is the most difficult to accept – that He did create us wonderfully and beautifully! He redeemed us and in Christ Jesus, He calls us children! Loving ourselves is a struggle! It takes faith, believing that He knows what He’s doing!

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