Letting Creativity Take Over: Adam Sleeping in the Garden of Eden

Imagine trusting the power of Love so much that instead of trying to solve a problem by myself, I would simply go to sleep, knowing that things would be better when I woke!

My prayer

Creator, May I rest peacefully, trusting in Your loving care.

Biblical touchstones

  • …for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he 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… Genesis 2:20-22Adam sleeping in the Garden of Eden
  • Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place—and I did not know it!” Genesis 28:16
  • God is my strength and my shield; in God my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to God. Psalm 28:7

Invitation to prayer

Lie down in a comfortable position. Then, close your eyes and exhale a deep sigh.

Adam sleeping in the Garden of Eden

Discover the prayers that emerge from your heart, mind, and body.

Photos
Adam sleeping just before the creation of Eve as depicted by thirteenth century sculptors. The inner right voussoir of the central bay of the north porch at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Related posts on the creation sculptures at the Chartres Cathedral

God, the Creator: God Holding the Book of KnowledgeGod Creating the Garden of EdenGod Creating the Animals (Day 6 of Creation at Chartres)God Imagining Humanity (Day 5 of Creation at Chartres)Envisioning CreationDeep ConsiderationIn the beginning, God created…The God of CreationInspiration

The Creation of Humanity: The Creation of EveGod Creates Humanity (Day 6 of Creation at Chartres)Adam, Safe and Securely Created (Day 6 of Creation at Chartres)God Loving Adam into Being (Day 6 of Creation at Chartres)Loved

Adam and Eve, Drama in the Garden of Eden: The Heart of Naming: Adam in the Garden of Eden;  Adam at Home  in the Garden of EdenAnimal Connections (Day 6 of Creation at Chartres)The Fall of Humanity

The Creation of the Natural World:  Imagining Humanity and Creating the Bird and Fish (Day 5 of Creation at Chartres)The Sun and the Moon (Day 4 of Creation at Chartres)Vegetation (Day 3 of Creation at Chartres); Creation Plants and TreesThe FirmamentNight and DayHeaven and EarthCreation: Part 2

The Garden of Eden: The Rivers of EdenThe Animals, Fish, and Birds of the Garden of EdenThe Animals, Fish, and Birds of the Garden of EdenThe Garden of EdenThe Animals Created by God (Day 6 of Creation at Chartres)

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One comment

  • thank you Jill for the soft reminder of “sleeping” in God’s grace and love.

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