Majestic God—Creator of Heaven and Earth:
Did you give a great cosmic shout
a resounding, echoing roar
that reverberated across the universe
shaking even the black holes
when You spoke:
“Let there be...” and there was?
Was that the BIG BANG?
Did energy spew everywhere
and assemble itself
according to divine pattern
into orderly creation?
Or did You whisper, “Let there be...”?
Who heard You? The angelic hosts?
The powers of darkness?
Or did You simply think the command
with Your infinite mind
and will matter into existence
in the silence of the universe?
Is the universe silent
or does it sing?
Is there a music of the spheres
as planets and stars
spin and whirl and twirl and swing?
Was space empty before?
How could there be nothing
when You are everything?
Where were You standing
when You created the heavens?
What was the view like from There?
How could You begin to do something
since You are Alpha and Omega
without beginning or end
and You are eternal?
How could The Word be with You
in the beginning?
Was it He Who spoke for You?
Was it He Who created?
Did You give Him the Light to shine?
What was the appalling darkness like
before light? Since You are Light—
How could there be darkness?
How did Your Spirit brood
over the face of the deep?
How can there be deep
when there is no top or bottom
or upside down or right side up in space?
Oh, the questions my childish mind
wants to ask You as I probe
to understand the secrets of Your universe!
Will I know, just know the answers
when I finally see You face to face?
Or will You tell me the answers
to my infant questions during story time
when I come at last singing
into the presence of Your light
in the beatific vision?
Or perhaps you might surprise me
by rewinding history
to let me see it again on an IMAX screen?
Genesis 1:1-3; Job 26:7, 14; Ps. 8:3; John 1:1-5
Copyright 2009 Leona Choy
From an unpublished work,
LATTER RAIN: Wordsmithing late-in-life's-season