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Cantwell: Look into yourself for beginning


June 25, 2015

Pat Cantwell

Do you remember as a child trying to memorize the correct spelling of Appalachian? I knew they were mountains, but I didn’t realize the range began in Canada and ended in Alabama.

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The Indians named them the “endless mountains that go on forever.”

Oh, what mountains they are. Words aren’t adequate to describe them. To sum it up, there is not a square inch of flat land on which to walk a straight line. Slopes, steep slopes, very steep slopes are everywhere, covered with massive trees over hundreds of years old, whose roots are watered by creeks, streams, ponds, lakes and rivers.

The most prolific and varied flowers, bushes, vines and grasses cover everything, even houses, if not kept under control. As I walk the barely discernible paths through this fecund earth, I wonder could the Garden of Eden have been like this ancient heart of the Appalachians?

The ancient atmosphere makes me cry out to our Father. I want to go back to the beginning, to the first day of the creation of Adam and Eve, the Father’s first created son and daughter. I want to see the earth and our first parents before sin.

Our Father answered me in the words of Ephesians 1:2-6, “...the God and Father chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, blameless before him. In love, he marked us out for adoption as sons and daughters, through Jesus Christ...”

Remember as a child playing with a kaleidoscope? You turned the tube and watched shapes of every color of the rainbow fill your eyes. The words of the Father telling us that before he created the world, he, as a father desiring children, chose us, you and me, loved us and now we are blameless in Christ.

These words are the translucent, shimmering primordial rainbow light sent through the ages from your Father to you today.

Do you want to see Adam and Eve before sin? Look in your own eyes.

Pat Cantwell writes about faith for the Portales News-Tribune. Contact her at: [email protected]


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