“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. . .” “In the beginning God created . . .”
Last week I taught a lesson on the opening phrase of the Apostle’s Creed. This morning in worship, we re-told the creation story with our children. I’ve been thinking about our Creator God and realized that I often neglect to delight in the details of creation. I remember the main ones: Trees and mountains, birds and fish, man and woman. But I gloss over the intricate details: The pinion and the guava tree, the meadowlark and the red tailed hawk, the rainbow trout and Niger perch. So this week I’ve been trying to pay closer attention to Creation in celebration with the Creator who called it “so good!”
My childhood impression of creation comes from C.S. Lewis’s imagination of a Lion who sang a world into being.
In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it . . . .
And it gets better from there! You can find it in The Magician’s Nephew, chapter 8 . . . go ahead, get it out of the kids’ room and read it again!
It got me thinking . . . “When and how did God create music?” Did he plan all the sound waves? Did God have in mind all the various scale formations that humans would discover? If the earth was “formless, empty and dark” was it also silent? Or was there a song before creation?
Theologians use the word perichoresis to describe the delightful inter-communication of the Father, Son and Spirit. More picturesque is the idea that the Trinity is dancing and has been dancing since before time began.
I’m just wondering . . . What was their dancing music like before creation?