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. No emptiness, no fullness, no anything. 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.
Making space is holy work. 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. For in the beginning, God said yes to creation, to us, and saw that we were good.
This message is excerpted from “Making space for God” by Jenna Pulkowski in the October 2021 Cafe online magazine.
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