All our readings today follow the theological idea of creation, with a particular emphasis on the sea. The Bible starts with the Book of Genesis and the idea of the sea as being at the very beginning of the created order, and the Spirit “hovering over the face of the deep.” Of course water can be both creative and destructive, and that is reflected in the story of Noah. Noah represents the faithful person of God who also plays a role in caring for creation and the redemption of human society. Human society and creation are closely linked as we hear this story read. This morning we read the very end of the story as a new chapter begins. As Paul writes to the Romans he also links in creation and redemption, and also the action of the Holy Spirit. John in Revelation looks to the time when all things will be brought to completion in Christ. That there “was no longer any sea” refers to the lack of disorder that will be at that time. In a sense that brings us all the way back to those first verses of Genesis when the action of the Spirit “hovering over the face of the deep” starts to bring order from disorder.
As we look towards the joy of the summer holidays, how can this be a time of new creation for all of us? As we holiday, what can we do to be more in tune with creation?