The MessageThis summer,
as we continue our 50th anniversary celebration
of the Crystal Cathedral ministries, we are presenting a
very special production called "Creation." We
believe it is going to be one of the most incredible ministries
that God will use to turn people's hearts and minds to Him.
And we have the privilege, as a congregation, to be a part
of it. My sister, Carol, wrote and is producing and directing
this production and she is going to share with us this morning
the story of how God gave her this dream only to find out
that God had given this same dream to my father years earlier.
1992, I was a mother of three small children and pregnant
with our fourth. I had just put them to bed. My husband
was away on a ministry trip, so I was alone in my praying,
meditating and worshiping. I put some music on to assist
me. It was a song, "Creation Calls" by Brian Doerksen,
which painted all the aspects of creation. I heard words
like "ragged mountain peaks silhouetted against the
night sky" - "the cry of a baby " - "a
starry night in the desert." I found myself just raptured.
And I started to see all of God's Creation and I felt like
I was in another place. I heard the words, "How can you say there is no God when all around Creation calls?"
When the song ended, I could hardly catch my breath, and
I exclaimed, "There is supposed to be a Glory of Creation!"
And I could see it happen in the Cathedral.
next morning I telephoned my dad, but he was out of town.
Two or three days went by; I was busy solving toddler arguments,
so I completely forgot about it. Then some nights later,
my husband had not yet returned from his mission trip, I
had a dream. And in the dream my dad was walking into my
home and I said to him, "Dad, sit here on my sofa,"
and I played this same song for him. Then the dream ended
and as I woke up, I experienced a replay of that same moment
with the passion and excitement of "Creation"
just surging through me and I believed God was getting my
the next morning I again called dad. He was home, so I said,
"You must come over to hear about my dream." So
he came over, walking in the door and sitting on the sofa,
just like the dream. I played the song repeating the words.
As the music ended, he looked at me and said, "Did
said, "Know what?"
repeated, "Didn't you know?"
replied, "Really, I don't know what you're talking
about - know what?"
said, "I have been trying for three years to get somebody
to do this story. We have a Glory of Christmas, and a Glory
of Easter, we need a Glory of Creation to complete the trilogy
of our faith."
was stunned. "Are you kidding me?"
said, "Good, then I just encouraged you to keep working
on it." As he got up to leave, He stopped at the door
and he looked back, and said, "Write it!" And
I said, "What! That's wasn't in my plans."
was kept so busy being a mother, still every once in awhile
I would envision a scene of the Creation here in the Cathedral.
That's what I love about our Creator, how God comes to you
in the middle of doing your everyday work. My husband then
said, "Carol you must begin to write your story of
Creation so not only our children but all children can understand
how great God is."
I started writing. I began to research in depth all the
accounts of the Creation. As I studied it more and more,
I found so many layers and I began to realize how important
the beginning of a story is. And that the Bible is one great
big story made up of many little stories. I realized how
extraordinary Creation is. It sets up so much understanding
for the rest of my faith. I was praying a lot because this
was a hard assignment to write about Creation. Creation
is about a place and a time none of us really know about.
In The Beginning
how am I going to tell the story of Creation and not have
it be like only reading Genesis 1? How do I make it come
to life? As I was praying, all of a sudden I had this thought
¡K What might it have been like in
the beginning? And I began to just let my mind
focus on that thought. That led me to the next thought:
What if heaven and earth (the supernatural and the natural)
¡K what if these realms (the ethereal and the tangible)
¡K were never, ever meant to be divided? What if this
is all just how it might have been? What if, in the beginning,
they were all supposed to be one realm, one place? And it
just opened the world up to me. Wow! That would be so cool!
And so this is where I began to develop the scenes and the
staging, which show that things on earth don¡¦t feel
like they¡¦re absent from heaven, and things of heaven
don¡¦t feel separated from earth. So, instead of the
way life is today, at Creation, earth and heaven were one
and people on earth were really experiencing heaven.
At Creation, Heaven and Earth Are One
I had that breakthrough in prayer, I met with Michael Guillen,
the former scientific consultant for the ABC Network. When
I shared with him my concept for the Glory of Creation,
he got excited about it and helped me make it scientifically
irrefutable. What is the Glory of Creation about? Creation
is a journey, a journey of the soul. We take
you on a journey, through a grandfather, we call "Gramps,"
and he is telling a story to his grandson, "Michael."
Michael, a preteen, adores Gramps, but he thinks that Gramps
is a dreamer and a storyteller and not grounded in reality.
But Michael loves science and Gramps doesn¡¦t know
about electrons and protons and electromagnetic radio. Michael
loves to look at things, to observe and analyze them. And
so there is this dialog that takes place between these two.
Michael is not quite sure about things "out there"
so we begin the story as we go back in time, all the way
Gramps talks to Michael about Creation, the very beginning,.
He says, "Michael, you have got to believe in something
big, or you¡¦ll miss all the beauty. You will miss
the miracle of creating something from nothing. You see,
Michael, before anything else ever exited, there was a Dream
and the Dream birthed miracles."
don¡¦t believe in miracles, Gramps."
believe in miracles? You don¡¦t believe in something
"You need to believe in something big
or you will miss all the miracles."
let¡¦s take a journey ¡K"
the Glory of Creation takes you on a journey all the way
back to where you feel like there is nothing and in that
nothingness, we introduce you to The Presence, God. "And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of
the waters." (Genesis 1:2)
you sit here in the Cathedral you will have an experience
where a fog rolls in and you can hardly see anything, but
you hear a sound moving through the space, moving all around
you. Then the fog begins to stir and when you hear a melody
you will sense The Presence. At one point in the story,
Michael asks Gramps about The Presence and asks, "Why
do you call it ¡¥The Presence,¡¦ Gramps? Who
can ever put a name to it? It¡¦s too big."
"Gramps says," I know, but something we care about
always has a name. I call The Presence, God, because He
is so real, even though I don¡¦t see God, even though
I can¡¦t touch Him, I sense Him. I sense Him near
me in the night when I¡¦m walking alone and a breeze
picks up and my heart stops just for a moment, and my mind
is still and a longing stirs deep inside me, in my soul.
Michael, then my soul stretches out to heaven."
Michael quietly says, "I like that."
only sharing with you a brief glimpse of the Glory of Creation
today. The story unfolds when Adam and Eve appear and you
see their special relationship with their Creator, God until
Evil comes, and heaven and earth separate and a sadness
sweeps over all humanity, in this great loss. What I really
want you to understand is that these two worlds, heaven
and earth, never were meant to be separated and our Creator,
God, is still at work restoring this relationship.
miraculous story of how Creation might have been ¡V¡V
once upon all time, is not my story. It¡¦s a story
that belongs to all humanity, the very origin of who we
are and, my goal is that when people leave the Glory of
Creation, they¡¦ll know that The Presence, God, is
so big that He created the entire universe, and they will
also say, "He knows my personal world and He will visit
me in the night."
think we are on the edge of an amazing time to be able to
tell the Glory of Creation and thank you so much for all
that you, as a church, are doing because it is going to
be worth it. It¡¦s always worth giving away a piece
of heaven. Bless you all.
church has always been mission minded. We always will be.
We don¡¦t look internally what is good for us, but
what does Christ want? What does God want? We look at our
community and say how do we bring our community into the
fullness of God¡¦s grace? Now that¡¦s what the
Glory of Creation is all about. And so we¡¦re very
honored and privileged to be able to have this incredible
production here in the Crystal Cathedral. It will be a ministry
that will lead people to a greater understanding of who
God is and how God wants to touch our lives. The tickets
are available now for performances beginning June 9, through
July 17, 2005. You can go online at http://www.hourofpower.org/
or you can call 1-800-549-6177 and you can purchase your
tickets by telephone.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the privilege we have
to be used by you to do tremendous things for the Kingdom
of God. So continue to touch our hearts, our minds, and
our souls with Your Presence and use the Glory of Creation
to be a seed that will multiply around the world to be a
harvest to Your Kingdom. Amen.