When? In the beginning

John 1--1-2

Revised and re-posted is the Verse of the Day for December 1, 2017: a familiar passage taken from John 1:1-2, 14 in the King James Version:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Here is a scripture memory song based on John 1:1-2:

The widely recognized passage that opens the Gospel of John also brings to mind the opening scripture of the Bible, Genesis 1:1 (KJV):

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

This verse was among the first scripture memory songs that I was inspired to compose more than 15 years ago. I also used gestures to reinforce the message:

The index finger on the right hand was raised followed by the index finger on the left hand being raised to indicate “Genesis: 1:1.” Sweeping gestures were then used to reinforce the words “In the beginning” with hands that came together to represent an open Bible. The index finger on each hand would then be extended heavenward pointing to “God.” With the palms of the hand held outward with circular motions representing “God created,” followed by the index fingers pointing upward again on the words “the heavens.”  With the hands pointing downward in a repeated criss-cross motion to represent “the Earth.” Genesis 1:1 would be repeated with the index fingers being raised on the right hand and the left hand.

Crosstown Kids offer their version of Genesis 1:1 as a scripture memory song

The video of the well-known hymn “Trust and Obey” also opens with a reference to Genesis 1:1 and closes with a reference to John 1:1 in a magnificent manner:

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