April 22, 2022?

On the 52nd Anniversary of Earth Day, in free-verse, a question of response-ability (first posted on April 22, 2018, and, here, revised)

In the beginning (before time’s beginning), formless darkness covered the hallowed hollowness of the deep and the voice of God blew,[1] beckoning into good-being…

(and this, presaging the coming sounding-trumpet summoning olden dead to new life[2])

light, sky, earth and sea, seed, plant and flower, sun and moon and stars, creatures of earth, sea, and air, humankind, formed in loving-kindness in God’s likeness,[3] then, on day 7, resting from the labor of creating.[4]

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,[5] I ponder whyhow is it (of all things that, for me, echo the emptiness of senselessness) that You, by Your breath, call all things into being, yet, now and long before, all things, even humankind, the height of Your making, respond not to Your Word to care for Your World?

© 2022 PRA

#EarthDay #creationcare #climatechangeandglobalwarming


[1] My paraphrase of Genesis 1.1-2: 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.

[2] My reference to the Apostle Paul’s proclamation of the resurrection of the dead through Jesus Christ: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (1 Corinthians 15.52). As a Christian, I behold a wondrous, unmistakable connection between the story of first Creation and the end-time resurrection of the dead.

[3] My summation of the Creation Story (Genesis 1.3-31)

[4] My summation of Genesis 2.1-3

[5] The opening words of the hymn, How Great Thou Art; based on the 1885 text, O Store Gud (O Great God) by Swedish poet Carl Gustav Boberg (1859-1940).

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