The beginning of story. This is where it starts. Where light meets dark, day becomes night,  and the glory of creation is manifested. A few words start us off and lead us through the most beautiful story ever told. Nothing compares with this story and no other story told will match the richness of this one.

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It begins with…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:1-2

Or we read a more modern take on the same words, but all point to the creation.

1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. Genesis 1:1-2 Message

This is the beginning. The world shines forth in splendor because God chose to bless us with His creation.

It is the beginning of you and I. All the creatures of the sea and the sky were not enough. The light fancied meeting the dark, but what events would take place throughout the day? Would the creatures be enough to tell the story? God knew it was not enough. So He created man.

7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

The story was not complete without woman. So God created woman.

22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Genesis 2:22

The beginning of the story was written and the storyline evolved as man and woman intertwined and became one. God watched over all and knew it was good.

All well-told stories add layer upon layer of characters, family tensions, fear, joy, challenges and dramatic interludes. God chose to add the first layer of drama when He gave man and woman free will. The right to make choices can either be our downfall or our saving grace. Adam and Eve chose the first and the storyline takes a drastic turn.

Would there be a need for grace if God did not introduce free will into our lives? Would this gift of redemption be part of our vocabulary, if sin was not present in our lives?

The beginning of story starts with creation and the storyline teaches us the story of grace. Without it, we are nothing and our Savior, Jesus Christ would not have died on the cross. The beginning of story is the story of grace and its blessing to the world.

Join me as we continue to look at story this Advent season. The beginnings, endings and everything in between. God’s gift of grace for us all and how He lovingly chooses each of us to be part of His story.

Blessings,

Mary

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