Wisdom’s Part in Creation
The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth— when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil. When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.
Reflection by Janet Derby
When I looked at the Sunday school curriculum for this week, it referred to this Scripture as a Creation story. I have long understood that we have two creation stories in Genesis, and I have also been fascinated by creation stories from other cultures. It should not astonish us that so many creation myths developed considering the enormity and diversity of the universe. What I find sad, but perhaps not surprising, is that we as Christians too often limit ourselves to the one version of the story – one that is orderly and revolves around human beings. This account instead, encourages us to think of Wisdom as an important element in the creative process and allows us with her to delight in the beauty around us.
God of the Cosmos, Thank you for all the ways in which see the world and its origin. Help us to be open to the diverse views of your creation and find joy in all that surrounds us. Amen.