Adam’s Cross

adams cross

In the beginning there was Adam – and a garden of promise. And God called upon him to keep the garden. And Adam did as God had bid him. He toiled in the garden by the heat of the sun and on through the night under the glow of the moon and the stars.
And he cut away brambles and weeds until the garden was filled with light. And he saw that the soil was rich and that water flowed through the garden. Then Adam took the seeds from the plants, sowed them and watered them. And the garden prospered. Thus ended the first day.

And the Lord rewarded Adam. He filled the garden streams with fish and the ground thereof with every creeping creature under the sun, and the sky above with birds of song. And under the sun and the sky, and the rain that quenched the earth’s thirst, the trees and shrubs grew heavy under the weight of their fruit, and the fish of the sea grew and multiplied, as did the creatures of the earth and the birds of the sky. And Adam felt blessed.

But in the days ahead, Adam grew restless and longed for more. He disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. And as the days grew into weeks, and the weeks into months, months into years and years into centuries and millennia, Adam and his children spread across the Earth, their appetite for knowledge and the fruits of the earth insatiable. And in their greed they tore down the last living tree, and dug out the rocks and minerals that made the ground beneath their feet. Then they plundered the fish of the sea and the rivers that flowed into it; the birds of the sky and every living creature that crept upon the earth. The Earth was barren.
And God was saddened. ‘Did I not ask you, sons and daughters of Adam, to be my keepers on the Earth?’ But they had hardened their hearts and grown deaf.

And the seas rose up in anger and swallowed up islands and lowlands, while the lakes and rivers crept away and retreated back into the earth. And in their place the deserts spread out. When the sons and daughters of Adam saw what they had done, they beat upon their chests and cried to God to save them.

And on the last days of the Earth, the sky was silent, and below the sky the last creeping creature gone. Then the heavens darkened and the fire of the sun extinguished like a flame in the breeze. And soon the light of the moon faded away too and the stars went out one by one. And on that day the light was extinguished forever. Thus ended the last day.

Published by helenmoat

Helen Moat is the author of Slow Travel The Peak District. part of the UK Slow Travel guide books and published by Bradt. The book is available from Amazon and the online Bradt shop, as well as major outlets. Helen Moat was born in Northern Ireland and spent her childhood travelling the length and breadth of the island in her Dad’s Morris Minor – or so it seemed: she still suffers from wanderlust. Helen studied German in England, living in Switzerland and Germany for extended periods. The author has since settled in the Peak District, her adopted home. She is constantly inspired by the local landscape, and the people and places shaped by the Peaks. A keen walker and cyclist, she’s happiest when outdoors and on the move. As a travel and fiction writer, she’s always on the hunt for a good story. The Peak District gives her plenty of material. -

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