Let There Be Light (A Children’s Homily)

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Today in the book of Genesis, the very first book of the Bible, we hear the story about the very first day of creation.

It is a story of beginnings. That is what Genesis means.

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

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You know a lot about light. I know you do.

Light streams in through your windows in the morning, to tell you it’s time to get up.

Light helps us to see all that God has made and why God calls them good.

Sunlight shines in the spring to help the flowers grow. In winter the warmth of the light helps keep animals safe as it melts the snow. The light of the stars and the moon beam down from the heavens to brighten the beautiful night sky.

With the glory and goodness of God, each day God creates is a great day to be alive. Each day God creates is a new beginning and a time for God’s light in you to shine.

You know this song, right?

This little light of mine, I am going to let it shine.

This little light of mine, I am going to let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

All around the neighborhood, I am going to let it shine.

All around the neighborhood, I am going to let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No! I am going to let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No! I am going to let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

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The Rev. Joani Peacock, Editor for Emmanuel Voices: A Parish Blog

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