9/29/2015

loving embrace

Sunday October 4th, Genesis 2:  18-20 God said, "It's not good for the Man to be alone; I'll make him a helper, a companion." So God formed from the dirt of the ground all the animals of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the Man to see what he would name them. Whatever the Man called each living creature, that was its name. The Man named the cattle, named the birds of the air, named the wild animals; but he didn't find a suitable companion.  21-22 God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man.  We were created for relationships; humanity from the earth, family from humanity, all with the calling from God to love and care for one another.  the significance of the story is that man was not happy as a solo entity.  The animals, though nice, were not enough to fill the need for relationship.  God though great, loving, kind, not to mention omniscient, is still not enough for human to experience relationship.  It is in getting together with one other, sharing the ups and downs, experiencing the loving embrace, and the physical nature of the relationship that humans feel love.  This is not dissing God, this is accepting God's great gift of love.  As a society we are still working out the fullness of what that means.  We are still denying that love of God, through the physical, emotional and spiritual bond of marriage to some.  They love differently, but they love one another and is there any higher expression of God's love than to love one another?

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