In the conflict and contradiction

In the Hebrew creation narrative I see a story of conflict in the cosmos (see Genesis 1:1-4). The earth was formless and empty. I also see what is almost a contradiction. On one hand creation exists, yet on the other there is no creation, only formlessness and darkness. There were no mountains, flowing valleys, seas or flowing rivers; no life. Within this chaos of disorder, the Spirit of God began God’s life-giving, beautiful work. It is in the disorder and chaos that the Holy Spirit is willing and wanting to give life.

C’mon y’all! The Spirit is God’s powerful presence able to work in the conflicts and contradictions of life!

The Spirit works in disorder and order, so that God may create a better order. The Spirit works in darkness and light, so that God may create a greater light. The Spirit works in barrenness and beauty, so that God may create a fuller beauty. The Spirit works in death and life, so that God may create a more abundant life. The Spirit is God’s power always present and at work in and through God’s people.

This is a part of the Christian confession (and helps make sense of some of the practices of our faith).

Take courage.

Hold on to hope.

Some days that’s hard enough. Some days that can be enough.

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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