1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
3-5 God spoke: “Light!”And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning—Day One.
Comments: The days of creation show God’s imminent hand in ordering all things, from the cosmos to the lightening bug. God knows every detail, including what a “day” means. In Hebrew narrative science, as it was understood 3000 years ago meets poetry. The story is the truth to be trusted. The larger truth is that God is thoroughly involved.
The Gospel of John 1:1-5 (New Revised Standard Version)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Psalm 1:1-3 (New International Version)
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. Psalm 19:14