Catechism 9

What does God require in the first, second 
and third commandments?
First, that we know and trust God as the only 
true and living God. Second, that we avoid all 
idolatry and do not worship God improperly. 
Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and 
reverence, honoring also his Word and works.
(New City Catechism)

The Beginning of all things,
begin with Him:
know, trust, serve.
What breath have you
that did not pour forth from His mouth?
what life, what sight
that did not emanate from Him?

Is He contained within
the stars, the moon,
the patterns of the soil
that you may draw
a set of lines on a cave's wall and declare,
here He is! or carve
His likeness out of wood?

And what is His name
that you can barter,
beg, lie, steal
armed with it in your carry-bag,
a totem, a charm,
a licence to twist and turn His will
as though He were potters' clay.

You are the clay. Remember,
children of Adam,
the soil, the breath,
the hands that shaped and formed.
And bow; you are His likeness. Be
before Him as His image; bow
before Him and begin.

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