I love the story of creation! “Then the LORD GOD formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7 NIV ( Isn’t that the coolest image?

Picture God sitting there, cross-legged in the Garden, next to the stream, as He scoops His Hand into the mud and clay, and sculpts the first man! The image that comes to my mind is Michaelangelo’s David. Physical strength and beauty just radiate from the image. God took raw, unformed clay, and gently molded and shaped it until it was beautiful in His eyes. Then God breathed on His creation, and Adam took his first breath – opening his eyes to be staring into the eyes of God. Wow. I can’t even begin to comprehend the awe and the wonder and the love Adam must have experienced at that moment. PURE Love…. we can experience that Love, too. I have been bathed in that Light, and the absolute Mercy and Grace and Forgiveness that flows along with it are absolutely incredible, awesome, and completely indescribable! It’s like trying to explain the Grand Canyon to a deaf and blind person.

I stand in amazed in His Presence! 

I stand amazed in the presence
  Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
  A sinner condemned, unclean.
  How marvelous! How wonderful!
  And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
    Is my Savior’s love for me!
For me it was in the garden,
  He prayed: “Not my will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
  But sweat-drops of blood for mine.
In pity angels beheld Him,
  And came from the world of light
To strengthen Him in the sorrows
  He bore for my soul that night.
He took my sins and my sorrows,
  He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry,
  And suffered, and died alone.
When with the ransomed in glory
  His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
  To sing of His love for me.

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 371
Text: Charles H. Gabriel
Music: Charles H. Gabriel


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