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God looked happily at the beautiful world He had made. It was perfect! Fresh air! Warm sunshine! Soft green grass and tall trees that reached into the blue sky. Red and yellow and orange and purple flowers nodded in the gentle breeze. Fishes jumped and splashed in the seas and rivers. Beautiful birds soared overhead as they filled the air with happy sounds. Kangaroos and bunnies hopped, kittens meowed, woolly sheep baaed, roosters crowed, and horses galloped. What a beautiful place!

God’s world was perfect. But God wanted to do one more thing. “Let us make man in our image,” He said. So God made the shape of a man from the dust of the ground. The man lay very still on the ground. He was not alive.

Then God did something that only God can do. He breathed life into the man’s nose. The man stretched. He sat up. And the very first thing the man saw was God. God named the man Adam. He led Adam into a beautiful garden called Eden. “This garden and everything in it is for you, Adam. Take care of it for Me.”

God and Adam watched the animals. Adam saw all the animals with their mates. Then God said, “It isn’t good for the man to be alone. I will make a mate for him.”

So God made Adam fall into a deep sleep. While he was sleeping, God took one of Adam’s ribs, and with the rib He formed a woman. When Adam woke up from his sleep, he saw the beautiful woman God had made. Together they would care for everything God had made for them. Adam named the woman Eve because she was the first mother in all the world. Adam and Eve were the first family to live on the new earth.

God blessed Adam and Eve. “Have many children,” He told them. “Fill up the beautiful world I have created for you. Enjoy all that I have made for you.”

God loved Adam and Eve. He wanted them to be happy, to be His friends forever. God watched Adam and Eve as they enjoyed the beautiful earth He had created that week. Everything was very good. It was perfect. He was satisfied. And God said, “This is very good!”

And the evening and the morning made the earth’s sixth day.