All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.
It is not coincidental that the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds begin with the affirmation that God, the Father almighty, made the heavens and the earth. When you believe God creates this world and all things that are in this world, it gives meaning to everything under the sun.
In Genesis, God the Father made the world and all that is in it. He laid the foundations of the earth and filled the oceans with their waters and gave life to all plants and animals and breathed that first breath into Adam’s lungs.
And it was through Jesus, whom we pro-claim in the second article of those creeds, that all this came about. “All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” It was through God the Son that God the Father said, “Let there be light,” and “Let us make man in our own image.” The Spirit, too, participated in creation, hovering above the waters of the deep (Gen 1:2).
That in turn means this world and every-thing in it is of value because God the Holy Trinity created it and sustains it and reproduces it and provides for us through it to this very day. Yes, everything—all that you have and use and see—is from Him. This world is filled with meaning because God has created it, and God creates nothing without purpose and order, without love and mercy, including you.
Creator of heaven and earth, create in us clean hearts this Lent that we may receive all the gifts of this creation with thankfulness and joy. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Richard J. Serina, Jr.
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Ringwood, NJ