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Cosmic Elation Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Cosmic Elation

God, happy with creation, moved into creation and now lives among us.

At a Glance

Humans have always been curious about the origin of the universe. We want to know where we came from, how it happened, and whether it was just a happy accident or the result of an Intelligent Designer. But while we debate the "how" of creation, we sometimes forget the "who." Genesis reveals a creation designed to be "good" -- the result of God's "cosmic elation."

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "The Hug," May 22, 2005, at

If you're thinking of a comfortable place to ponder the origins of the universe, the South Pole would probably be pretty far down on your list. The highest temperature ever recorded there was just 9.9 degrees Fahrenheit, while the lowest was -117 degrees -- not exactly the kind of place to put one in a garden-of-Eden frame of mind.

Yet, the South Pole is the perfect place for cosmic contemplation because it's the one place on Earth that you can get closest to space and still be on the ground. It's also...

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