The Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.”

Genesis 2:18

Monday, 4 October 2021

Genesis 2:18-24

God created animals and birds and brought them to Adam to be named and find a suitable partner. He created a woman, Eve, whom Adam found suitable. God’s recognition that it was not good for Adam to be alone highlights what we as humans have come to know: humans are social creatures who need close and intimate relationships with others. We know the importance of being able to share our deepest and innermost feelings with another, to be able to share the highs and lows of our lives. Having a “person”, as is the new buzzword, is helpful to us and can assist us in being mentally well.

God creates Eve as a gift to Adam. A partner to ease the ache of loneliness. Whilst Eve was created to be “like” Adam, she was also created to be “opposite” to him. And so, like the poles of magnets, opposites attract. Adam and Eve were like two pieces of a puzzle that could fit together. Adam was pleased with God’s creation of a partner for him. We, too, look for a life partner or friend that fits our character and lifestyle. This person, too, is a gift. A gift from God and a gift to ourselves. A gift that we should cherish and be grateful for.

God created Eve as a helper for Adam too. In the Old Testament, a helper is seen as an equal to the one being helped. In the Psalms (10:14; 54:4), God is called a helper to humans in need.

Do we remember to treat our partners, our person, as a helper and an equal? Do we cherish them and show our gratitude for them? Do we thank God for his gift to us?

Dear God,

Thank you for the gift of Eve to Adam, the gift of companionship and relationship. Thank you that this gift has transcended the centuries to be an important part of our lives. Thank you for those in our lives that we turn to ease our loneliness and share life with. They, too, are a gift from you, and we are grateful for them.

Amen.

 
Gillian Hugo

Gillian was educated at Pretoria High School for Girls and at Johannesburg College of Education where she qualified as a pre-school teacher. She has taught for more than 20 years in the government and private sectors. Gillian is married and has 2 children. She is training as a mindset and mindfulness coach. Gillian enjoys being creative and her hobbies include watercolour painting, reading, travelling and she loves the beach!

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