Today I have begun to read through the Bible chronologically.
Today's Reading: Genesis 1-3.
I was struck by the phrase "God saw that it was good."
There are really only 3 Hebrew words in this phrase:
Elohim, a plural form of the word God;
ra'ah, meaning to perceive, to regard, to give attention to;
and towb, which carries with it the essence of "pleasant," "appropriate," and "excellence."
This is the picture that comes to my mind:
After a day of work, Elohim sit around the dinner table discussing the accomplishments, challenges and tidbits of the day. There is a hearty and affirming cheer as the review of the day is finished and congratulatory pats of joy are given to the backs.
"What a good day! Well done! Good job!"
And with this affirmation comes the excitement and hope that the next day will be full of yet more beauty, excellence and goodness.
So I must ask myself as one created in the image of Elohim; what will be the consensus of Elohim as my day's work is discussed today? Will there be time to perceive, regard and give it attention? Or will I go through the day unaware of what I am creating in my presence by the words I speak, the tasks I accomplish, the "being" I project or unconscious of the wake I leave in my path? Will I discuss it at the Eucharistic table with Elohim? And what will be the response from Father God and Brother Christ and Mother Spirit?
O, to hear, "Well done, good and faithful daughter! And tomorrow is yet to come. I wonder what excellence will be seen in you in the coming day."