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In the Beginning …

It may be too late to talk about “In the beginning” on January 2, since the shine on your new year may already be tarnished.  In hopes the shine is still there, let’s think about it.

The Bible begins with these fate-full words, “In the beginning …”

We quickly learn that in the beginning the earth is mysteriously non-existent.  What we know as earth was a void and formless nothingness in the darkness of the deep.

In the beginning, there was nothing more than a celestial black hole.  This is something Christians and modern-day scientists might agree upon.

The question which draws great debate is, “What transformed the celestial black-hole of nothingness into something-ness?”

The ant-hill which a child observes on the sidewalk today, but was not there yesterday had to come from somewhere.  Christians and scientists can write a historically accurate pre-story for the ant-hill.  It began when an ant took a grain of sand and put it next to another and then another … overnight an ant-hill with a colony of ants came into existence.

From nothingness came an intelligently designed community with life, structure, provisions, and meaning.  A child understands this.

Genesis 1:1 reminds me why I am a man of faith.  In my book a big bang from nothingness cannot yield a community with life, structure, provisions, and meaning.

All of this changes how I look at the New Year.

Out of the celestial nothingness, God created light, life, provisions, and community, His Way.  It was a good design, one which does not need reworking by me.

As I stand at the doorway into a New Year, I am inclined to ponder, “What can I make of the year ahead?”

Admirably, I imagine a list of self-accomplished successes that will lead to life which is best for me.  Then, as a Christian, I ask for God’s blessing upon the year I have set out to create for myself.

Does it strike you as odd that I’d ask the Creator to bless my creation, rather than accept His.

Wouldn’t it be better to begin the New Year submitting to His Way and let His good life unfold for me along the way?

Boy, am I glad I did not make a list of New Year’s Resolutions, God has a better plan.

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I have never refused God anything!

Florence Nightingale

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She was known as the Lady with the Lamp for making nursing rounds at night, checking on injured soldiers while the rest of the medical staff slept.

Perhaps the one thing Florence Nightingale refused God was darkness.  

She insisted on being light in darkness for soldiers traumatized by injuries.  May 12 is Florence Nightingale’s birthday, which is why this week is National Nurses Week.  

While you take time to give thanks for those nursing saints who care for us in the nighttime of our fear and who compassionately tend to our broken and failing bodies, let us remember that we too have been called by Jesus to be light in a world of darkness.

God’s first act was to create light, to illumine the dark expanse before creation.  

Light brings life and hope.

Refusing to be Christ’s light in the world, may be the greatest sin of Christians.    

Jesus said,

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”   (1)

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  1. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Matthew 5:14–16.

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