The account of God creating the universe is one that is normally confined to Sunday School or the rare church holiday where it is overshadowed. But this week, as we start the Narrative Lectionary, we begin at the beginning, both of scripture (Gen 1) and of our Gospel for this year (John 1).
This is, to borrow an old term, creation ex nihilo – out of nothing. God’s ability to create something good out of nothing is what makes him the Lord God Almighty. It’s a thought that shouldn’t be far from us as we experience this broken world on a daily basis, because it gives us some measure of comfort and hope for the future.
But as nice as it is, the poet, writer, and Lutheran theologian Soren Kierkegaard had another thought, equally as comforting. A frame that was intensely personal for him and for us as well:
“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.”
Soren is not talking just about himself, but also about you! May that reminder stay close to you, wherever you may wander.
~ Pastor Kevin