We come now to the Sixth Day in the Primal week of Genesis Chapter One, the day on which we are invited to contemplate the mystery of our own creation and of our being made in the image of God. Furthermore, because the Sixth Day is a Friday, we are moved as Christians to think of God’s loving response to our fall, of how, as Newman put it, ‘ a second Adam to the fight, and to the rescue came’. I have tried to gather some of these thoughts into the little roundel which is my reflection on this day. As before I have given you the Genesis passage to which my poem is a response and also enabled you to hear me read the poem by either clicking on the ‘play’ button or on the Roman Numeral.
The Canadian artist Faye Hall has made a beautiful sequence of 63 paintings responding to my Seven Whole Days Sequence and we have published it as a book, which you can purchase from her web site here or, in the uk from Amazon Here. Faye has kindly allowed ne to include with each poem one or two of the paintings from the book, to give you a taste of it, and you can see these paintings for yourself at the MHC Gallery in Winnipeg from 16th March to 5th of May. I will be at the gallery on 15th April for a special book signing and launch event, full details here
These poems were originally published in ‘Parable and Paradox’ Canterbury Press in the summer of 2016
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
You made us new and beautiful today,
Your Spirit softened us like morning dew,
Your Image shining from us through the clay,
You made us new.
You woke us and we knew ourselves in you,
We walked together at the close of day,
You trusted us and called us to be true.
When we forsook your love and turned away
You came and sought us where we hid from you,
And on the cross, in darkness, on this day
You made us new.
9 responses to “Seven Whole Days: The Sixth Day; Humanity”
simply wonderful! All the potential, hope and opportunity that lies ahead of us: made new.
Poetry is faith’s language. No arguments about creation or atonement. Just the beauty of the images that evoke the deeper imagination. Thank you.
I subscribe to your posts and would like to know who Newman is? The name is mentioned
In the first paragraph of this post.
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He is John Henry Newman the great theologian and hymn writer and I was quoting his hymn ‘Praise to the Holiest in the Height’
I love the parallelism between that first “making us new” in the garden, and then “making us new” again through Christ’s work on the cross. A lovely reflection on God’s beautiful work of creation and redemption.
There is hope in creation and the creator.