“..the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”

Genesis 1: 2

Reading: Acts 5: 1-4; Psalm 33: 6; Job 26: 13

Someone else was present with the Father and the Son at creation – the Holy Spirit. The second verse in the Bible indicates that the Holy Spirit (“the Spirit of God”) was present at the beginning of creation. Why would the Holy Spirit be involved in creation? Because the Holy Spirit is Divine, as much as the Father and Son are. He is known to us as the third person of the Trinity.

In a universe that God had just created, by the authority of the Father, and through His Word, the Son, it was necessary for there to be an input of energy. God provided this by the work of His Spirit. Therefore, the “hovering” can be seen as a movement, an input of energy.

The word we translate in English as Spirit, is the Hebrew word ruach. This word is also used for wind or for breath. For example:

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. (Psalm 33:6.)

Just by observing the way we, as humans, speak, we can see the close relationship between Spirit and Word. Sounds come out of our mouths when our breath passes through our vocal chords, setting up vibrations, and is then shaped by our minds, tongues, lips.

A previous reading from Colossians emphasizes the activity of Jesus in creation, but we should not miss the essential role played by the Holy Spirit. As it says in our reading for today, the host of heaven—possibly the stars—was made by the breath, the ruach, of his mouth.


I worship you Holy Spirit, for this is your due.

For the family


Explain that the Holy Spirit was also involved in creation.


Take the children outside and have them imagine God making everything by the breath and words that left His mouth. How powerful is His word and His spirit.