The goodness of earth and sky and sea I was once meditating on the first chapter of Genesis, those opening verses of the Bible that survey the splendor of creation. These verses are not science in the Modern sense of the word. Rather, they’re a witness to the most sublime science: the science of prayer. They’re an invitation to curve the heart outward, opening to the Beloved in gratitude, awe, and surrender. They’re a hymn of praise to the goodness of earth and sky and sea, and all that is in them.
At the end of this grand hymn stand the words, “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good” (Genesis 1.31). I read them and immediately there arose within me another voice, nearly shouting: “But you say, it’s never good enough!”
“Never good enough.” That’s how I lived my life. I’d grown up believing that everything could stand at least a little improvement. And that belief, that view of the world, fed the restless life I was living.
But God called the world and everything in it good.
So who am I to contradict God’s own verdict?
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