Authors: Mary and Michael Miklosovic, from the Word of Life in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Made by the hand of God
In the second chapter of Genesis, God says, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Genesis 2:18, 21-23)
Man was made by the hand of God. Woman was made by the hand of God from the man and for the man. The man slept and gave a rib. In return he received what delight! Sleep is like death; the man dies in order to give life to his wife and receives her in whom he delights; she gives him joy and life in abundance. She, because she came from the side of the man, seeks to be one with him. The man cares for, protects, and cherishes the woman and she, in turn, gives herself to him to build their life in love. This is their life of mutual self-giving.
Ask yourself today: How can I die to myself in order to give others life?
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