Ordinary Time


God has many characteristics, but none may be more essential to our understanding than God as Creator.

The very beginning of our Scriptures paints this picture of God, someone who cannot help but make something out of what seems to be nothing.

The Creator God is still at work—in all the universe and in you as well. Free yourself now to be formed in these next quiet moments.


And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

Genesis 1:14–19


When I read about God bringing lights to the dome of the sky, I imagine the stars being poked through a black construction paper background like those colored pegs in a Lite Brite design. It sounds like it was no effort for God. The great Creator just threw some gases and rock together that would spark enough light to glitter the sky. Then God bowled the moon into place and shot the sun into the center of the solar system with a bow and arrow. Bullseye!

How long had God been dreaming of this? How awesome was this plan to create daylight and moonlight by which the created would experience the rotations of earth, the seasons of the year, the rhythms of life! This big picture makes me feel small. Ironically, at the same time, it makes me feel valued and significant. The One who set the tides with the moonrise is the One who knows the number of stars in the sky and the number of hairs on my head (Psalm 139).

Valerie Burton


Thank you, God, for lighting my days and my nights so that I can find my way. May the sun remind me of your light and warmth and may the moon remind me that even on the darkest nights, you are with me. Amen.


Can you feel that movement, the ever-present hand of the ever-present God? The Creator is at work in you, for you, and through you. Go now to join in the newness that is afoot all around.