Today’s Bible verse from St Chrysostom’s invites us to look at the world around us, and to appreciate it:
What inspiration can you draw from creation?
What do you consider to be humankind’s place in creation and what might our responsibilities be?
The Bible verse comes from the end of the account of Creation given in the first chapter of the Bible. Here is the verse in its context
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Think of a place that is special to you and thank God for it.
Look around you wherever you are now and see if your eyes rest on something that is ‘good’. Pause and look at whatever it is carefully. Be at peace and thank God for his goodness.