by Frank Pollard

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Genesis 2:18-25
If you have a copy of God's Word, open it to the second chapter of
the first book in the Bible. In Genesis two we have an account of the
first wedding. Of course there were no in-laws or bridesmaids or best
men. There wasn't even a preacher or a judge to perform the wedding.
There was just the bride and groom.
In fact, as we begin our study there wasjust the groom. Look at
verse 18: "Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to live
alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.' " (Genesis 2:18
TEV). The word "alone" means something was missing. Man was not complete.
"Helpmeet" is the Bible word that speaks of his completion. The first
wedding gift was wholeness. Neither Adam nor Eve were whole or complete
without the other. One wise author said: "As persons, we were made for
love, we were made for friendship and communion, for a person is complete
only in a loving relationship with others." God gave Adam an Eve and
Eve an Adam so that they might learn to live in intimacy with another
person. Intimacy is the need to be known. Intimacy means being fully at
home with someone. Home is not a place. It is where I am fully known
and loved and received just as I am.
We hear a lot of people saying: "I want to be real. I don't want
to be a phony." If being real means being the person God made us to
be--that is being complete and whole--then the word is telling us that
being loved by another is the way to realness.
One of the greatest children's books of all time is The Velveteen
Rabbit. In it there is a dialogue betweena new rabbit in the nursery and
an old skin horse. They are talking about love and being real.,.
"What is real?" asked the Rabbit on day, when they were lying side
by side. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside of you and a
stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you're made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that
happens to you. When ...

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