“A formless void was the earth, and darkness covered the face of the deep.
But the Spirit of love God sent—
To brood over the face of the waters.”
Like the hen who makes darkness a living womb
The Spirit fills our night
Overshadows the void
Warms the open heart,
And forms chaos into promise.
“Still your heart on me, and know I am God.”
Inspired from the Palestinian Targum translation of Genesis 1:2. See Geoge T. Montague, “The Fire in the Word: the Holy Spirit in Scripture,” in Advents of the Spirit: An Introduction to the Current Study of Pneumatology, eds. Bradford E. Hinze & D. Lyle Dabney (Marquette University Press, 2001), p. 39.