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).
Hold on to hope.
Some days that’s hard enough. Some days that can be enough.