Saturday, October 13, 2012

a new creation

a time for darkness, and a time for light;
into this work you poured your works,
dividing heaven's waters from the sea,
gathering the seas to bring forth land.

you sang time's spheres, then the doves of the air
the fish of the sea and the serpents of the deep,
then all the things that move upon the land,
and we your creatures, void without your light.

three days you made the heavens and the earth
in three days more you filled them to the brim.

fanged cherub hissed triumphant from the tree;
but in three days you built it all again.

there was evening and there was morning,
bright bless'd third day that also was the first.


  1. So beautiful!

    The last two couplets are the most obviously stunning part of it, but I really like the "three days" bit, just because I've never seen that before, and it seems so blindingly obvious when you put it the way you put it.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement--I'm glad you like it!

    The three day pattern came as a huge surprise to me. I've been banging my head against John's use of the creation account for the past year or so. He alludes to day 1, then day 2, then day 3... and then he starts all over again. I couldn't figure out what on earth was going on--but now I'm pretty sure that he's working mostly with the sets of threes, and the relationship between those sets of threes... and then extending that relationship out to encompass the work of Christ as the fulfillment of creation.

  3. Found this through Jessica Snell and I agree with her: Beautiful!!