Adam Choking: The Feel of Alienation

It’s hard to swallow. That’s what rupture in my relationship with God feels like. That and regret.

My prayer

God, my heart breaks when I’ve turned away. Next time, help me to let my heart break at the thought of turning away.

Biblical touchstones

… when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6

O Adam, what have you done? For though it was you who sinned, the fall was not yours alone, but ours also who are your descendants. 2 Esdras 7:118 [48]

Invitation to prayer

Stand as if you were Adam. Place your left hand around your neck, hold your breath, and tighten your throat muscles.

Adam choking, Chartres

What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body?

Photos
Adam choking after eating the fruit from the tree of  the knowledge of good and evil as depicted by thirteenth century sculptors. The second innermost 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: Eve and the SerpentThe 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: Trouble in the GardenThe 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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