I am happy to be joining the Poetry Friday community hosted this week by the Haiku Queen, Robyn Hood Black of Life on the Deckle Edge. Thank you so much, Robyn, for hosting on a Good Friday.
When I discovered this book by accident in the public library, I knew it would be the perfect Good Friday offering, plus the fact that it fits our current reading theme on celebrating multicultural titles quite nicely. With poetic verse, the timeless story of creation was retold by Nobel Peace Prize Winning Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the breathtakingly beautiful artwork of Nancy Tillman.
In the very beginning, God’s love bubbled over when there was nothing else – no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea – only darkness. Out of this love, God spoke.
“Let there be light.”
Each day is marked by artwork spreads that bleed onto the next page. I love the fourth day:
On the fourth day, God said,
“Let the sky be filled with
the sun and the moon.”
And God scattered stars
across the sky like
How beautiful is that. This story of Creation, so deeply ingrained in most people’s sensibilities, highly disputed, widely debated, universally fretted about; yet on this Lenten season, I hope these images find you and give you a quiet sense of peace.
Then God said,
“I will make people, and
I’ll make them like me so
they can enjoy the earth
and take care of it.”
He did just as he had
said, and it was all so
very, very good.
Here’s wishing you a day of silence and reflection, and the comforting knowledge that Archbishop Desmond Tutu so beautifully reminds us in this picturebook: “You are loved.”
Let there be Light written by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and illustrated by Nancy Tillman. Published by Zonderkidz, 2013. Book borrowed from the public library. Book photos taken by me.
Myra – this post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this beautiful book and your thoughtful words. Peace and love to you this Easter.
Hi Adrienne. I am glad that the words found you today. I wish you quiet and peace this Lenten season. 🙂
Those illos are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing on Good Friday, Myra.
Hi there Catherine. Nancy Tillman is a genius.
Have you read her book ‘Wherever you are my love will find you’ ? Another beautiful one.
Lovely. I was blessed to hear Archbishop Tutu speak once.
Oh wow, that must have been a truly awesome experience.
Gorgeous illustrations, Myra. Have a blessed Easter with your family.
Dearest Linda, may Easter be a day of joy for you and the family. Must be great to see everything all over again through your grandchildren’s eyes.
Wow. I attend a congregation where the Bible words I grew up with are used sparingly, and last night I attended a Good Friday service for the first time in a long time and heard the words of the Psalms differently, so I’m thinking about the language of the Bible. I really enjoyed reading Tutu’s wording of the familiar creation story. How fun to put this book beside the Jane Ray version of Genesis! Thanks, Myra.
Thank you, and peace be with you also.
A perfect post for Good Friday/Easter. Thank you, Myra!
Beautiful, Myra. The words, the illustrations, your sentiment, everything.
The end of your post reminded me of the mug I sent my daughter at college last week (it said “You Are Loved”). Sometimes we all need to hear that!
Such a gorgeous book! Such a special time of year– I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.