On the sixth day God looked upon her creation and said “tov meod” – Very good. This was the culmination of the very breath of God, the divine one speaking all things into being. The spoken words of God birthing and sustaining every fiber, every molecule, every speck of dust that exists in our world. It is important to remember that God once called all things “tov” as we enter into Holy Week. For it is here that we will once again focus on the breath of God, or more so the struggling breath of God. As Jesus, God among us, hung from a crooked tree he uttered words once more over all creation. He began with, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do,” and ended with “It is finished.”

Holy Week and the Passion of our Lord is in its own right a creation story. The creation that God had called “tov” had fallen away and yet through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we find a new creation – a new birth – one that is once again looked upon as “tov meod.”

God of all creation, you called all that you made good, and yet we turned away from you into sin. Open our hearts with your Word, so that we, creatures of your own design, may love and serve you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rev. John A. Worzala Dumke, Board member

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth.

-Psalm 33:6