All was well with the world, the whole wide world. Beautiful, productive, everything with its place and order. Everything worked and it worked well.
But then, well, somehow that wasn’t enough. We thought we knew better than God. There was only one thing that was forbidden. But oh how good it looked, and imagine the possibilities. If it’s not good for us, how delicious it must be, how exciting it is. Just one go – can’t hurt can it?
SO he said, she said, it said… the thought, the chance – go on, you know you want to.
So we did.
For then shame entered the world, and beautiful innocence left it. In having just one bite, so much had been lost. Hate and fear were born, suffering got a look in, weeds were sown, hard toil began…
What was once so beautiful was now not so beautiful, not so enjoyable – spoilt.
Now what are we going to do?
Lord there is so much I have got wrong
Things I have seen and wanted – and chased after,
bad choices I have made,
things that would have been better not done or said,
words and actions I should have done
They pile up, and make an ugly mess.
But you are the one who can put things right,
You are the one who can restore me
give me your strength and power.
I confess what I have got wrong
I bring it to you.
Sweep through me I pray
dust me down.
in your image
8 Late in the afternoon a breeze began to blow, and the man and woman heard the Lord God walking in the garden. They were frightened and hid behind some trees.
The Trouble with Sin
9 The Lord called out to the man and asked, “Where are you?”
10 The man answered, “I was naked, and when I heard you walking through the garden, I was frightened and hid!”
11 “How did you know you were naked?” God asked. “Did you eat any fruit from that tree in the middle of the garden?”
12 “It was the woman you put here with me,” the man said. “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.”
13 The Lord God then asked the woman, “What have you done?”
“The snake tricked me,” she answered. “And I ate some of that fruit.”
14 So the Lord God said to the snake:
“Because of what you have done,
you will be the only animal
to suffer this curse—
For as long as you live,
you will crawl on your stomach
and eat dirt.
15 You and this woman
will hate each other;
your descendants and hers
will always be enemies.
One of hers will strike you
on the head,
and you will strike him
on the heel.”
16 Then the Lord said to the woman,
“You will suffer terribly
when you give birth.
But you will still desire
and he will rule over you.”
17 The Lord said to the man,
“You listened to your wife
and ate fruit from that tree.
And so, the ground
will be under a curse
because of what you did.
As long as you live,
you will have to struggle
to grow enough food.
18 Your food will be plants,
but the ground
thorns and thistles.
19 You will have to sweat
to earn a living;
you were made out of soil,
and you will once again
turn into soil.”
Taken from my 2015 book Voices Through Advent and Christmas available from Moorleys