In the beginning, the cosmos unfurls and lights
The darkness of nothingness: a symphony.
In the beginning, God speaks, delights
In us, and speaks himself in harmony.
In the beginning, waters turn and toss.
The Spirit hovers in ordering love and laughs.
In the beginning, that nothingness we call chaos
Receives the stamp of form as the Word chants.
In the beginning, Form receives its shape.
The Image shapes all things unto himself.
In the beginning microcosmic atoms traipse
About the expanse, pictures of the cosmic wealth.
In the beginning, time begins its joyful song,
And when it began we knew how to sing along.
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The featured image is “God Creating the Sun, the Moon and the Stars” by Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601-1678), courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.