Together: Devotions for Young Children and Families

Excerpt from Together: An At- Home Devotional for Young Children and Families

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Day One: God Creates Light

Genesis 1:1-5 (NIV)
Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Memory verse for younger children:
God created the heavens and the earth.
It took several years of reading this passage before I discovered something that put my understanding of sun and moon into question. Day and night happened before the sun and moon were created. Light came into existence without these two governing bodies. God spoke, and light happened.

We are told that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12), but Jesus wasn’t created. Jesus was always with God. When God spoke, Jesus was there, because Jesus is also the Word (John 1:1). What is this light that came to be in the midst of the vast darkness and was separated from the darkness? Some might think that this was the “big bang,” a cosmic explosion of light that started the formation of the earth.

God took formless darkness, and created our earth. He gave it form and shape, and he made night and day. Then, God said it was good. Everything that God made was good. Throughout these days of creation, help the child understand that God’s creation is good. Read more

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