Monday, January 8

Genesis 1:1-5

1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 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 waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.


We all know today’s story from Genesis. It is the story of the Earth becoming the Earth. It is the story that tells of God’s plan becoming a reality. In Genesis 1:4 we learn about the contrast of light and darkness, a contrast that appears throughout scripture symbolizing good and evil. We also learn that God looked upon God’s creation and said it was good. Perhaps not perfect, but indeed good. God is intimately involved in what God has created and “good” allows for things to be better.

These verses are so timely as we begin a new year. We, too, are part of God’s creation. Made good. In a world where darkness is all around, we were created to be God’s light of goodness. God remains intimately involved in our becoming better lights. As we begin this new year ask yourself where, how, who, and what will help you to become a better light. We will never be perfect, but we can be better.

As we begin this good new year, let us all begin a plan to become a better light in this world.


Dear God, who made me to be light in a world filled with darkness, help me to become a better light. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Written by Ruthie Steen
Disciple of Jesus at St. John’s Lutheran Church