The LORD God said:
“It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him.”
We usually rush on when we hear these words to the creation of Eve, who becomes “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh” for Adam, and the human story begins.
But the Genesis account we read today and the medieval artist above remind us that God first “formed out the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man… but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.” (Genesis 2,19 ff)
Adam signals to God these new creatures are not enough, but does he dismiss them altogether for Eve?
Whether we realize it or not, we are not meant to be isolated individuals on this planet. We look for human companionship and friendship. But are human beings our only relationship. Besides caring for each other, we have destiny to care for all the creatures Adam names. They’re our partners too and we share this common home with them.
There Are Times
There are times
when everything that could go wrong, does,
when rain falls on your parade,
when hope is like a faint glimmer on
the tip of a candle wick,
when day and night seem the same,
when pray is what you can’t do,
when you’re so alone you can’t find God.
Then there are times
when everything falls into place,
when you march in a Music Man parade,
when a wick’s faint glimmer bursts
into a bright flame,
when day and night are very different,
when pray is what can do,
when you find God because you’re so alone.
And you realize that God was there-
all the time.
January 1, 2009
Emmanuel =God with us. I may be distant from God but God is as close as my breath and heart beat.