As the Earth traveled around the bright yellow star, the seasons came and went, and years passed, the man became quieter and slept more. The bright light that had been in his eyes since the day that he first awoke began to fade. The King sent His animals to the man to comfort him, but for Adam, no suitable helper could be found.
“It is not good for the man to be alone” God announced to His Heavenly Host one late summer morning. “I am going to Earth to create a helper who is just right for him!” And so, it was. The Lord returned to Earth to create once more. He caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept on the grass the King reached to His side and drew His sword, a sight which was exceedingly rare. This magnificent weapon was solid gold and double-edged. Engraved on its blade on both sides was the inscription- “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. The Creator carefully lowered his blade to the man’s side and slid it across his rib cage slicing open his flesh. Red blood poured from the man’s side, but God did not seem concerned by this. Sheathing His blade, God knelt next to the man and laid His hand on the man’s wound. The Lord’s fingers grazed against Adam’s exposed rib. Then with a motion that snapped through the night air, God broke a rib free from Adam’s side. Setting the rib aside, God then ran His fingers over the man’s bones once more. The bones and skin seemed to sew themselves back together at the King’s touch. The man never even flinched, sleeping peacefully. When he would awake, he would feel no pain for God, Creator though He was, was also a gentle healer.
God then took the man’s rib and tossed it into the dust of the Earth. His had reached out from His cloak and he began swirling His fingers about pointing at the rib on the ground. Suddenly the dirt and dust became caught up in a mighty whirlwind! Sand grazed against the flesh, blood, and bone of the rib, tearing it to pieces and mixing its particles in with the twister.
The whirlwind began to take shape, splitting off into four mini twisters which sprouted from the original. The mini twisters also sprouted off even smaller cyclones at their ends which then began to solidify. Fingers, hands, and arms began to take shape. Legs, feet, and a torso were soon to follow. As the storm dissipated, the newly created human body stood in the place where the Lord had thrown the rib. This body was noticeably different from the body of the man. It was shorter in height; the shoulders were less broad and fixed closer to the chest. Its hair was considerably longer than that of the man, hanging down in wavy black-colored locks the bodies midsection. The skin was also softer and quite a bit less hairy than that of the man. This figure’s face was chiseled and perfectly smooth where the face of the man had hair on it much like his head.
Adam blinked and looked up with glassy eyes at the exquisite creature that stood before him. This one was far more of a curiosity than all of the other living things that the King had created. Adam instantly also found this to be the most beautiful thing the King had created. The King explained to Adam that this was to be his helper and partner.
“At last!” Adam exclaimed overwhelmed with joy. “This one is bone from my bone and flesh from my flesh. She will be called “women” because she was taken from man. For this reason, men will leave their father and mother and become joined to a wife and the two will be united as one.”
Based upon Genesis 2: 18-25
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