Praise!

On the 4th day of creation, the earth continued to dance with joy – giving thanks for all of God’s handiwork.  The sky looked on, still shining dutifully, but wishing it could join in the fun.    And God, being God, and not afraid of being thoughtful (after all God is totally loving) noticed the sky’s longing to dance with thankfulness.  So God said, “Let there be lights in the sky to celebrate the seasons, days and years. “

Let there be lights in the sky…

First came the sun in all its glory sending rays across the land and water.  The sun warmed up the earth and made the sea sparkle.  The earth and sun danced together all day long – rejoicing in an almighty God who had brought them together at last.

And when the day was done the Moon and stars glistened in the sky.  They knew that nighttime was for resting and sleeping.  The moon and stars gently twirled and twinkled their lights above the earth, lulling it into peaceful gratitude and sweet slumber.

On that bright and shiny fourth day of creation, God knew that it was good.  I imagine God felt the goodness of it all too.  The moon and stars, sun and earth, were all praising God in their own special way.   The trees branched out, the flowers bloomed, the grass waved and rejoiced in God’s goodness.  The Sun, moon and stars brightened the heavens, reminding the world to praise the God of light and love.

How do you praise God?  Do you dance with joyous warmth? Do you sing? Take walks?

Joy!

On the 3rd day God continued to create, and it was time to add some joy to the world.  And God, being God, and not afraid to keep things interesting (after all he did have the whole world to play with), created the beauty all around us.

God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas”

God spoke and the waters gathered together.  The water in the seas and oceans tackled each other and tumbled along together.  God thought he heard their waves saying thank you as they splashed into heaps of wet-splishy laughter.

God spoke again and called the dry land to attention.  Up emerged the earth and before you knew it there were grasses, bushes and flowers dancing in the wind.  Soon all kinds of trees sprouted and they began to hold contests to see who could reach to the heavens first.

God saw all the beauty springing up throughout the earth and knew it was good.  When you know things are good you rejoice, feel the joy and give thanks.

Ever since the 3rd day of creation, the earth has tried to thank God in the most joyful and creative ways!    The waves still flap along – smiling their thanks to God.  The flowers and the grasses sway and bend down playfully, honoring the God who made them.  The trees continue to reach up to God – a tall reminder to appreciate God and lift up joy to the heavens.

How do you spread joy and give thanks to God?  Do you sway, giggle, dance, or smile?  Do you speak a word of thanks for the beauty and joy in your life?  Or do you draw a picture?

As always you can share your thoughts with me in the comment box below.  Or you could say thank you to God in your own special and joy filled way…

Next up – you guessed it – Day 4!

 

 

Friendship!

On the second day, God continued to create, and it was hard to tell where the water began and where it ended.  The blueness of it all got tangled up in each other!   And God, being God, and not afraid to organize (especially unruly chaos) created beautiful space where clouds could form and the eternal blueness could stretch out.  God called this space “sky” and it was heavenly!

“God called the dome Sky.”

Finally the water and the sky could work and play together.  The water offered up tiny droplets to the sky.  The Sky was so filled with thankfulness that it exploded with joy and filled the space with big beautiful clouds.  And before you knew it, the clouds in the sky expanded with joy and thankfulness also, and burst forth little thankful drops of rain.  The rain from the clouds flittered and danced in the sky, and rested upon the water, reminding them of their special friendship.

God watched and smiled at the harmony.   On that second day of God’s creating, friendships were forming and the world was taking shape, just the way it needed to be.  I am reminded of the world being formed whenever I look at the clouds above.  What do you see when you look up?  Do you see clouds and the blue sky?  Do you imagine animals and flowers in the clouds?  Do you look beyond the clouds and imagine God up in the heavens smiling down on you – so thankful for your friendship?

You can tell me what you think in the comment form below and as always you can share your thoughts with God…

Oh – and we’re still in Genesis Chapter 1 and beginning to wonder about Day 3…