But even more wonderful than the billions of stars and sands on the shore, God's creation of heaven and earth, is God's special creation of each one of us. God was at our beginning too. Genesis in the second chapter gives an alternative account of creation—the first chapter is the majestic sweep of universal creation, God creating by God's Word and ending with the Sabbath rest of God, God's creation of a time for rest and peace. But in the second chapter, God reaches down and forms a man of the mud and blows into the man God's breath, God's Spirit. The man is lonely so God then causes the man to sleep and takes a rib and makes the companion, a woman for the man. Man and woman made for each other—people from the earth, the ground, yet people infused with a divine Spirit, God's own particular creation. God cares about human beings. God wants each person to be happy and fulfilled.
It is a wonderful message, this message from the beginning of the Bible, Genesis 1—that God created the heavens and the earth and each one of us. God was at the beginning and our beginning. We are important to God. And God does not stop even there, but God gives us new beginnings too.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning, God made everything and called it good. In our beginning, God created us and God calls us good too. The beginning comes to us anew each day as we return to our baptism, repent and confess our sins and for Jesus' sake, we are proclaimed good. And we look forward in hope to the God who said, “Behold I make all things new.” “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be."