These passages describe the creation of man in God’s image. Then God blesses his creations. And then in verses 28 and 29:
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.“
After God created the heavens and the earth and filled the earth with plants and animals, he created man. And then he gives his entire creation to man! I read these verses last night before bed, and the first thing that came to my mind was the beauty and magnificence of this gift we have been given.
I remember once years ago I was talking to a coworker about making gifts for people. She had crocheted a blanket for a friend and had spent hours and hours on it. She was very pleased with it and excited to give it to her friend. Some time later when she visited her friend, she saw the blanket was lining the dog’s bed. :o(
God‘s creation was for us, and given to us to cherish and take good care of. How must God feel when I take this gift for granted or don’t respect it, or forget to be thankful? I can do better.
Holy Father, you created the heavens and the earth, and everything they hold. You created me! I am thankful beyond words. I will strive to be respectful and loving toward all of your creation, and will not forget theses things were given freely, as gifts to me and to all of us. Amen
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