Good Friday 2021: 1A – Creation

1A - Creation

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth. (Psalm 33:6)

Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:2)

What do you think it was like when God brought a perfect world into being? In his book The Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis imagined what it would be like to be present when God created the universe. The main character, Digory, observes as Narnia is sung into creation:

In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. […] It was beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it. […] Then two wonders happened at the same moment. One was that the voice was suddenly joined by the other voices; more voices than you could possibly count. They were in harmony with it, but far higher up the scale: cold, tingling, silvery voices. The second wonder was that the blackness overhead, all at once, was blazing with stars. They didn’t come out gently one by one, as they do on a summer evening. One moment there had been nothing but darkness; next moment a thousand, thousand points of light leapt out – single stars, constellations, and planets, brighter and bigger than any in our world. There were no clouds. The new stars and the new voices began at exactly the same time. If you had seen and heard it, as Digory did, you would have felt quite certain that it was the stars themselves which were singing, and that it was the First Voice, the deep one, which had made them appear and made them sing.

[…] Far away, and down near the horizon, the sky began to turn grey. A light wind, very fresh, began to stir. The sky, in that one place, grew slowly and steadily paler. You could see shapes of hills standing up dark against it. All the time the Voice went on singing.… The eastern sky changed from white to pink and from pink to gold. The Voice rose and rose, til all the air was shaking with it. And just as it swelled to the mightiest and most glorious sound it had yet produced, the sun arose.