Thought for the Day
Talking snakes, a wife leading her husband astray, God walking in the garden in the cool of the evening – there are enough elements of this story for the unimaginative to tear it up and take little notice of it. I have found over the years that if I remain agnostic about the literal nature of this story and see it as a poetic representation of the nature of humanity’s alienation from God, and the need we have for our Savior, Jesus Christ, then it makes a huge amount of sense. There is a sense in the human condition that we have somehow managed to trap ourselves outside what we might call a beautiful garden, and need another to provide us with the key to open to gates again. That is what the rest of the Bible is about, here we are told about our condition as fallen men and women who only through God’s grace can be brought back into fellowship with him.
Thanksgiving for the Day
We praise God that he considered us worthy of the Savior’s love.
Intercession for the Day
We all know our own particular take on fallen-ness, let us bring this facet of our nature to God seeking forgiveness and healing.
Collect for the Day
you loved the world at the cost of sending your Son;
send us your measureless love,
that we may forgive other people
with no thought of the cost,
for the sake of the one who died and rose again
for our forgiveness.
(A collect by Susan Williams)
Readings for the Day
Genesis 3:1-24, Psalm 8, Ephesians 1:15-23, Mark 1:29-39