Throughout the first chapter of the Bible, what characterizes the God in whose image we are made in relation to creation is approbation, true delight in the creatures: “And God saw how good it was.” Appreciation and enjoyment of the creatures are the hallmarks of God’s dominion and therefore the standard by which our won attempts to exercise dominion must be judged.
Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture, Ellen F. Davis, pg. 64-65
To Sit and Look at Light-filled Leaves
To sit and look at light-filled leaves
May let us see, or seem to see,
Far backward as through clearer eyes
To what unsighted hope believes:
The blessed conviviality
That sang Creation’s seventh sunrise,
Time when the Maker’s radiant sight
Made radiant every thing He saw,
And every thing He saw was filled
With perfect joy and life and light.
His perfect pleasure was sole law;
No pleasure had become self-willed.
For all His creatures were His pleasures
And their whole pleasure was to be
What He made them; they sought no gain
Or growth beyond their proper measures,
Nor longed for change or novelty.
The only new thing could be pain.
Wendell Berry, Sabbath Poems, 1979