Imaging Humanity and Creating the Birds and Fish (Day 5 of Creation at Chartres)

Letting our imagination “wander” may be part of the process of creating something that seems unrelated.

My prayer response:

God, help me to  hold my creative thoughts and actions with peace and poise.

Biblical touchstones:

  • God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23

The creation of the birds and fish

  • But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of God has done this? In God’s hand is the life of every living thing… Job 12:7-10a
  • Praise God!  Praise God  from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps…creeping things and flying birds! Psalm 148:1, 7, 10

Invitation to prayer:

Let your the positioning of your  hands, feet, or head be inspired by one of these birds.

The creation of the birds and fish What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body?
Pray them now. Let them lead you where you need to go.

God creating the birds and the fish while also imagining humanity, as depicted by thirteenth century sculptors. The outer left voussoir of the central bay of the north porch at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

The creation of the birds and fish

Related posts on the creation sculptures at the Chartres Cathedral:

The Sun and the Moon (Day 4 of Creation at Chartres)

God Creating the Sun and Moon (Day 4 of Creation at Chartres)

Vegetation (Day 3 of Creation at Chartres)

Creation Plants and Trees

The Firmament

Envisioning Creation

Night and Day

Deep Consideration

Heaven and Earth

In the beginning, God created…



The God of Creation

Creation: Part 2

The Fall of Humanity


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