“The God of Genesis is one who reveals himself to his people (theology) in space and time (history) and who chooses to inspire writings that serve as a memorial of those events (literary).”
-Tremper Longman

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

In the beginning, O God,
your Spirit swept over the chaotic deep
like a wild wind
and creation was born.
In the turbulence of my own life
and the unsettled waters of the world today
let there be new birthings of your Spirit.
In the currents of my own heart
and the upheavals of the world today
Let there be new birthings of your mighty Spirit.
- J. Philip Newell

Forming and Filling
(Genesis 1:3-31)
Day One
Light, darkness
Day Two
Sky, water
Day Three
Land, vegetation
Day Four
Sun, moon, stars
Day Five
Birds, fish
Day Six
Animals, humans

In the beginning, O God,
when the firm earth emerged
from the waters of life
you saw that it was good.
The fertile ground was moist
the seed was strong
and earth’s profusion of color
and scent was born.
Awaken my senses this day
to the goodness that still stems from Eden.
Awaken my senses
to the goodness that can still spring forth
in me and in all that has life.
- J. Philip Newell

John 1:1-5 NLT
In the beginning the Word already existed.The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.