First Sunday of Advent: God Creates the World
Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
On the first Sunday in Advent, we remember God's creation of the world. The ornament for today is a globe or a world.
The story of God's creation of the earth is described in the book of Genesis, specifically in Genesis 1 and 2. According to the biblical account, God created the earth and everything in it in six days. He spoke the universe into existence, forming light, the sky, land, seas, vegetation, celestial bodies, animals, and finally, humanity.
From this story, we can learn several important lessons. Firstly, it teaches us about the power and sovereignty of God. He is the ultimate creator and sustainer of all things. Secondly, it highlights the order and purpose of God's creation. Each aspect of creation was carefully designed and serves a specific role.
The story also emphasizes the value and dignity of human beings. We are created in God's image and given the responsibility to care for and steward the earth. It reminds us of our connection to the natural world and our role as caretakers.
Furthermore, the story of creation teaches us about the goodness of God's creation. Everything that God made was declared good, reflecting His perfect nature. It reminds us to appreciate and cherish the beauty and diversity of the world around us.
Overall, the story of God's creation invites us to marvel at His power, recognize our place in His creation, and embrace our responsibility to care for it. It also encourages us to acknowledge and appreciate the goodness and beauty of the world as a reflection of God's character.
For further reading, check out Genesis chapters 1 and 2.