“In the beginning God began to create…”
The Bible begins, “In the beginning, God created…”. My Hebrew teacher said a better translations is, “In the beginning God began to create…”. And God continues to create and, as the bearers of God’s image, we share that same creative spirit and are Co-Creators with God.
The story isn’t finished. We hold within us the possibility of writing new stories for ourselves, others and the world. Our calling as Co-Creators is to partner with God gathering up what is broken and beyond repair and creating something beautiful.
Every day, 3 million pounds of garbage are dumped in Cateura, Paraguay. Families exist by scrounging for trash in the landfill to resell to buy food. It is an ugly place of despair, devastation and drugs.
Favio Chavez listened to the Indwelling Creative Spirit and was inspired to give kids hope through learning to play music. They had no instruments or money to buy instruments. That Spirit that creates something out of nothing inspired him with the idea to make instruments from trash. The Recycled Orchestra was formed made up of kids living in the slums playing instruments made of garbage. They have performed for Pope Francis and are the subjects of a documentary called Landfill Harmonic. Favio Chavez said these kids are not only creating something gorgeous out of nothing, they now see the beauty of their own lives.
Jan Richardson writes, “Now, more than ever, let us be the ones who will not turn away. Let us be the ones who will go further into the wreck and deeper into the rubble.
Let us be the ones who will enter into the places of devastation beyond belief and despair beyond imagining.
And there let us listen for the Spirit that brooded over formless darkness, and there let us look again for the God who gathered up the chaos and began to create.
Let us be the ones who will give ourselves to the work of making again and to the endless beginning of creation.”
Yes, in the beginning God began to create… and continues to create… and we are Co-Creators.