The earth was formless, empty, and dark.
Then, He spoke the light into being, dispelling the darkness
and it was good.
He spoke and light and darkness were separated.
Night and Day came through His voice
allowing for evening and morning
ending the first day.
God spoke the expanse into existence
forming the dry land diving the seas.
And God said that it was good. Ending the second day.
Then, He called forth vegetation
that would seed the land and bear fruit,
all their own kind,
all between morning and evening the third day.
He spoke the stars to spangle the night sky
to mark the seasons and days and years.
Giving light to the earth came the sun by day
and the moon by night, ending the fourth day.
At his word waters teemed with living creatures,
birds filled the expanse of the sky
at the command of His voice and
it was good in His sight at the end of the fifth day.
The land produced living creatures,
both livestock and wild creatures
and God saw that it was good,
Then God intimately created man
molded by His hands, rather than speaking,
breathing into him the breath of Life
giving him a living soul in the image of
a living God, unique in all His creation
with blessing and dominion over
all that He had done.
. . . And it was good.
(Keat Wade 1/11/02)
Keat and his wife, Judy, have been dear friends for almost as many years as Keat has been writing poetry. As I prayed this morning, I picked up Keat’s book and this poem seemed the perfect entry to continue my blog experience. I had set July as a target for launching the web site for LeadershipLighthouse.org but the Master had other plans, all aimed in that direction but with the fullness of His perfect timing.
July has passed, a new month is here, and the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!
Keat taught Speech and English, ending his career with 22 years at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. His poetry is intimate and prophetic. With my love for God’s creation and for teaching, this was a gift. You will see the teacher’s heart in his comments below.
Keat wrote: In the poem Breath of God – Breath of Life, the word “spangle” comes from an old classic poem. “And God waved his arm and spangled the skies with the stars,” refers to that part of God’s creative work in a poem, “The Creation,” in which early African-American writer, James Weldon Johnson wrote and spoke in the cadence of black preachers of his time.
After one year of teaching on a temporary certificate, I did student teaching in speech and English to fulfill requirements for a standard teaching certificate in Kansas. I had one high school remedial English student and two advancd high school sophomore English students. The remedial student and I had a common interest in poetry. Taking advantage of his fascination with “The Creation,” I developed an interpretive reading project for presentation to an audience of two. As a new fan of James Weldon Johnson’s poetry, I learned a great deal also, along with the two sophomore students who became the presenter’s fan club as well.
Chronology of Love: Times and Seasons, Keat Wade (2011, Xulon Press) www.thespiritedpen.com