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Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.

Dean Koontz

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

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Saturday, January 1, 2011
In the Beginning
Genesis opens with these words: "In the beginning God..." Part of me wants to add a comma between "beginning" and "God" so that it reads "In the beginning, God..." as if to remind myself that God didn't just do something in the beginning, He is the beginning. The first thing in all of creation was the Creator.

As I search for guidance in my life, all I need to do is read those first four words of the Bible. It is there that God - the Creator - begins to tell His story. That is where He begins to show the plan for His people. In the beginning, God. God first.

The history of the nation of Israel begins with God. The creation of man starts with the breath of Elohim. It should be obvious that the first thing in our lives is the One who gave us life. Unfortunately, in my life, I too often everywhere other than the start when I need hope.

In the gospels, Jesus provides the greatest commandment - to love God. He explained, "This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matthew 22:36-39) I am reminded time and time again I am reminded of the message in Genesis chapter one: God first.

May my story start the same way, "In the beginning, God..."
posted by nicholas casey @ 2:46 PM  
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