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In the beginning (15 January)

Morning Encounter:

Introduction:

Throughout the Bible, we see how God and human beings share life together. From Genesis, through to Revelation we see how God creates us and desires relationship with us. In the Old Testament God often chooses individuals, then families, then wider communities of people and finally a nation. In the New Testament we have the coming of Jesus, who is also called ‘Immanuel’ literally meaning ‘God with us’. Finally in Revelation, we see that God dwells with his people and life with God comes to its fullness and completion.

Read: 

God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures.” So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women. God gave them his blessing and said: Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth. I have provided all kinds of fruit and grain for you to eat.  And I have given the green plants as food for everything else that breathes. These will be food for animals, both wild and tame, and for birds. God looked at what he had done. All of it was very good! 

(Genesis 1.26 – 31a)

Reflect: 

Human beings resemble God the creator and he desires a unique, conversational relationship with them. God longs for this same relationship with us today. In the second account of creation (Genesis 2.4-17) we see God as great artist, forming man and breathing life into him – further evidence of intimate relationship. And so begins the great adventure of human life with God.

Respond: 

God wants a close and unique relationship with you, look for God in creation, other people or in new places today. Look for his presence in your life today.

Midday Meditation:

Give me a pure heart that I may see Thee,
A humble heart that I may hear Thee,
A heart of love that I may serve Thee,
A heart of faith that I may abide in Thee.
Amen.

(Dag Hammarskjold)

Evening Reflection:

Our Lord and our God, you are like the sun and also like a shield. You treat us with kindness and with honour, never denying any good thing to those who live right. Lord God All-Powerful, you bless everyone who trusts you. 

(From Psalm 84)

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