Genesis 1:1-5…In the beginning…


1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the 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. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • The morning brings a new beginning as God continues to create.
  • Feel God’s breath at work.  (You might want to sit by the window or move outside)
  • Hear the words, “Let there be light.”
  • Notice the light around you.  Is is silent or noisy?  Is it still or dancing?
  • What new creation do you see with the light?
  • Notice the darkness around you.  Is is silent or noisy?  Is it still or moving?
  • Invite the light into the darkness.  What do you see?
  • What senses are awakening in you at the promise of new creation?
  • Follow the light today and be open to the new thing God is creating.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below?

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, January 8, 2012, the Baptism of the Lord  Year B 
Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29:1-11
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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