the re-dawning of creation

By Roy Stetler
January 7, 2024

In this season of winter darkness, we can return again and again to the light of God.  God’s presence shining on us, in us, and around us.  Advent’s journey in hope, peace, joy, and love.  The Christmas celebration of God-with-us in the light of Christ.

Yesterday, Epiphany’s star led wise seekers to Christ.   Isaiah 60 reads “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

Today, we remember the Baptism of Jesus.  Genesis chapter one recalls the dawn of creation.  A wind from God sweeps over the dark water.  “Let there be light.”  Each day we relive this journey from darkness into light.

In the first chapter of Mark, Jesus surrenders his body to the water of baptism by John.  As he rises from the river, he watches the Spirit splitting the heavens, descending like a dove.  Mark’s vision is of Spirit brooding over a new creation.  Jesus is light from God, Love and Wisdom.

In a world of disappointed hopes and dreams, Jesus’ baptism begins a new hope rising, a re-dawning of creation.  The voice of God calls out, “You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.”

While following the Light of Christ, our journey among the shadows has plenty of struggles.  Yet in it all, we can prayerfully pay attention to Jesus and follow his Light.  This is our faith.  It is a gift of God and not of our own doing.  As a beloved child of God, may you enjoy the gift and set aside fear.  And may the Spirit who leads us in faith, fill you with courage.