'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth' - the beginning of the 'beginning' narrative and the start of great assurance or general unease. Literal or figurative days? Young earth or old earth? Creation is the source of all that is, including controversy!
People speak of the seven days of creation, but of course, as accentuated by the six days of Christmas, there are but six - day seven being the day off after the labours!
This is not the place to discuss young or old earths and the like - for here the focus is what each day results in bringing about.
In the beginning there was nothing and then came a voice with it the first uttered words, 'Let there be light!' - and, of course being God, the light was good! So God separated the light from the darkness and there it is: Day one - light and darkness. Day and night.
In short water and sky make their entry. Science books tell me it's all about vapour, condensation and all that stuff!
Dry ground appears and as we all know - have a bit of ground and stuff soon appears - creation is where this starts! So we have dry ground, with vegetation, and where it's not dry there are seas. Friends call this 'Tectonic day'!
Things are settling down and there are now visible in the sky the sun by day and the moon by night - and stars and seasons too I assume for position, and appearance, of stars ( like Winter's Orion) bring us seasons (not just climatic you know).
Getting good (I'm bird watcher and fisherman) as we get out first, 'Be fruitful and multiply,' for sea creatures and birds.
What's left? Oh yeah, animals - and with them the pinnacle of creation, Human beings.
So that, in a nutshell, is creation - is it any wonder that the next day was a day off?
Light - Dark
Ground - Green stuff
Sun, Moon and Stars
Birds and Fish
Animals and People
Literal days or otherwise - friends (and books - what are merely written friends) tell me the order is right and the division logical and scientific - and that's a bit of a winner, isn't it ;-)
My gift to you today? The wonderful 'Days of Creation' by Burne-Jones (can be seen in the windows of St Editha's, St George's Chapel, and the brief summary of the Genesis account.