The Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Genesis 1: 1-5
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Has all of humanity, in every age, looked up at the blazing canopy of stars or out from the shore at the endless face of water – stilled in awe?
Has each child cried out in discoveries wonder at the snake in the garden, only to learn its true name – ‘worm’?
Have each of us had a moment of deeply knowing that we are – we simply are, by virtue of creation?
Have we, who read these reflections, had an instant of amazement when we recognise and truly know that day follows night and light illuminates the dark?
Have you been on the hill top, out in the meadow, heard Brian Cox talking about the universe or watched Blue Planet 2 and taken a breath full of wonder and worship?
At some point we rejoice to sing or say, dance or pray – ‘I believe in God…’
That moment. Those deep moments cause the unfolding glory of creation to burst into ordinary lives.
The writer of Genesis cries out for us to hear God’s gift in creation. This story is a best guess at creation’s beginning and even if inaccurate in fact, it’s success is in giving us words that express the amazement of life.
Even lives of disability, blindness, stigma, pain, exhaustion, depression, all that being human throws at us, cannot stop the wonder of creation from seeping into our experience. Some way and somehow, we will deeply know God’s boundless grace and gift of love.
And so rightly, the Creed’s simple statement of faith begins ‘I believe in God…’.
Holy God Father and Mother of Creation as we read this reflection aware of all that is going on for us today, give us a moment to look around and to look in, and to know you again, as creator still creating. I pray will every fibre of my being; I believe in God. Amen
The Rev’d Martin Knight is Minister of St Paul’s URC, South Croydon