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.