"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 call the light Day and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."
That's how the book Genesis pictures the beginning of the great work of creation. Light, essential for life and growth. This ties in with the opening sentence of John's Gospel, "In the beginning was the Word....". The Word who is the light of the world... ". The true light" is how the first chapter goes on to describe him. Without him there is no life, no growth and no hope for the future.
These were some of the random thoughts as today's picture was being taken against a beautiful blue sky. The bulb is a 'daylight' one that is useful for craft work and reading as the light more nearly follows the spectrum of natural brightness rather than the distorted colours given off by normal household bulbs.
It was fun playing with light and shadow and trying to get some sort of close up of the filament. This creativity set me thinking about the way humans reflect the divine nature in our ability to create and design. The one who said "Let there be light" also said, "Let us make humankind in our image....".
As we share the gift of creativity so too we are called to make known Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
Lord, the light of your love is shining,
in the midst of the darkness shining;
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us,
set us free by the truth you now bring us,
shine on me, shine on me.
Shine, Jesus, shine,
fill this land with the Father's glory;
blaze, Spirit, blaze,
set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river flow,
flood the nations with grace and mercy;
send forth your word, Lord,
and let there be light.
Church Hymnal number 195
by Graham Kendrick