CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 21, 2014

Finite Creatures We Are

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

FINITE CREATURES WE ARE

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Cemetery in East Lamoine, Maine

I’m eyeing the stone of Louis and Mary Googins des Isles, circa 1794-1825

Interesting this WordPress prompt, finite creatures, appeared the day I after I did research on deaths and funerals in Downeast Maine in the 1790s-1800s. Lest you think I’m strange for picking this topic I’d better inform you that I was researching it for my novel, in which one character, Mary, must deal with having her husband Louis sail for France in 1812 and never being heard from again (oops—there is a surprise in this true life story that mimics the later well-known epoch written by Tennyson, Enoch Ardon).

Thus, mortality has been on my mind these days.

The prompt asks At what age did you realize you were a finite creature, that you not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?

Two of my earliest memories are of death.

Our family dog, a cocker spaniel named Buffy, died after being hit by a car.

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The man whose car hit him made a pine box for his burial. Buffy was buried under what is now an addition to 29 Spring Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I don’t recall my age but I might have been 5 or 6 years old. During a burial “service” I ran about the yard laughing. Was this an apartness from death or a (more…)

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June 29, 2014

Adam & Eve Ask: How Did We Get To This Point? Part 3 of 3

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

ADAM & EVE ASK: HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT?

Part 3 of 3   

Why must we struggle with life? This is the third of a three-part series based on the story of Adam and Eve responds to the question:. How did we get to this point? Read parts1 and 2:

In their shame and guilt Adam and Eve attempted a futile cover-up to hide themselves from each other and from God. Their whirlwind of activity resulted in a stylish apron made of fig leaves.

Fig leaves. Have you ever felt a fig leaf? At certain points in their growth cycle they feel like (more…)

June 22, 2014

Adam & Eve Ask: How Did We Get To This Point? Part 2 of 3

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

ADAM & EVE ASK: HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT?

Part 2 of 3

Read Part1 at  Adam & Eve Ask: How Did We Get To This Point? Part 1 of 3

Why must we struggle with life? Thisis the second of a three-part series based on the story of Adam and Eve responds to the question:. How did we get to this point?

Adam was well satisfied with the woman he named Eve. Together they shared the beauty of the garden while nurturing it. In return, they ate from the richness of the food it produced.

Adam and Eve knew “good.” Everything around them was good. There was nothing to fear. Animals weren’t vicious, plants were edible, and relationships to each other and God were rich.

They sensed something different—evil and its result. They knew there was a tree in the garden whose fruit would add to this knowledge. It was at their one prohibition in their garden. God permitted them freedom to eat the fruit of all the other trees in the garden, but not from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was the tree that would test man’s love and trust in God.

God wanted man’s love—a love that included respect and obedience. But God wanted his creation to love him voluntarily.

This is a very important fact.

  • What if I stood up here as your proxy pastor and said: “I am here. I am appointed to represent God to you today in Monte’s place. Therefore, you MUST love me, trust me, obey me. You have no choice.” Now, how do you feel? How do I feel”

Isn’t that the point of God providing His first creations with freedom and limits? Love just isn’t real if (more…)

June 15, 2014

Adam & Eve Ask: How Did We Get To This Point? Part 1 of 3

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

ADAM & EVE ASK: HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT?

Part 1 of 3

Why must we struggle with life? How did we get to this point?  This three-part series based on the story of Adam and Eve responds to the question.

Wildlife on the far side of the field cringed at the yelling, so loud was Adam and Eve’s disagreement. This wasn’t the first time it had happened—it got worse with each battle.

Adam had just returned home after tilling the fields from sunup to sundown.

“Where’s dinner, Eve,” he shouted. “Can’t I at least expect that much after slaving in the fields all day? That dinner will be ready when I get home? And look at this meager crop! The harder I work the smaller it gets. All that grows are the weeds!”

“How can I have dinner ready when I never know when you’ll get here?” Eve yelled back. “And there’s not enough wood? And I spend a lot of time working in the fields too. If dinner isn’t ready it’s your fault. I need fire to cook our meal, and I need food to prepare it. How can I get that stuff when I am so big and clumsy, waiting for this child of yours to be born?”

“We had it made,” Adam shouted back. “Life was perfect! Now look at us!”

“Are you accusing me of getting us kicked out of Eden?”

“If you hadn’t eaten the fruit of the forbidden tree we’d still be in Eden enjoying a life of leisure, pleasure and communion with God,” snarled Adam. “You blew it!”

“I blew it? I don’t recall you refusing to eat the fruit I offered you.”

“You gave it to me. You’d already eaten some. What was I supposed to do? You disobeyed God first!”

“Why didn’t you stop me?” cried Eve. “You were beside me when (more…)

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