“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the earth” (Genesis 1:1-2).
God’s work of creation is arguably the work of making space.
As God’s Spirit floats over the chaos of the formless void, scripture presents an image of nothingness. When God separates that nothingness into something-ness, into light and dark, solid land and liquid waters, we pay witness to the holy act of making space.
In the beginning, God made space for creation. Then God made space for covenants. The ultimate act of making space came forth in the Incarnation, and the only Begotten Son of the Father came into the world through the vulnerable holiness of a young woman who said yes to making space for God’s very self.
When we, too, say yes to making space for God, we bear witness to God’s holy work of making space for us.
This message is excerpted from “Making space for God” by Jenna Pulkowski in the October 2021 Café online magazine.
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