Always Another Chance

When they heard the sound of God moving about in the garden,
the man and his wife hid themselves…

From Genesis 3:8

When I was a child, we had a kid-friendly family bible. This large book consisted of cardboard front and back covers which held together several separate booklets. These booklets were held in place by extremely long laces. The seventy-two booklets which eventually completed this bible arrived in the mail periodically. With each delivery, my mom carefully removed the bible’s cardboard covers, undid the laces, inserted the new booklet, re-tied the laces and replaced the covers. Afterward, I poured over the new arrival. Every page included colorful illustrations and reasonably understandable text. When I finished perusing each new edition, I habitually returned to the first book’s story of Adam and Eve, the snake and that forbidden tree. The Garden of Eden amazed me almost as much as heaven. “Why,” I often wondered, “did Adam and Eve eat that stupid apple when God had given them so much else?”

As the years passed and I accumulated some measure of maturity and wisdom, I found that life in this world poses similar questions every day. I also discovered that it’s up to us to answer as wisely as possible and then to act accordingly. Is Option A really worth it or is it as foolhardy as eating that apple? It’s up to us to figure it out as only we can and to act accordingly. In the mean time, God watches with great love and with great hope for the best.

Generous God, you bless us with second and third and twenty-ninth chances day in and day out. Be with is as we accept every chance you give us to start anew.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

There’s Always One More Chance

She took some of its fruit and ate it;
and she also gave some to her husband,
who was with her, and he ate it.

Genesis 3:6

The treasures I recall from my childhood include two family bibles. The first is a single volume in which our family tree and significant events were recorded. The second consisted of cardboard front and back covers which held together several separate booklets that arrived in the mail periodically. With each new arrival, my mom carefully removed the bible’s cardboard cover, inserted the new booklet, and replaced the cover. Afterward, my sisters and I poured over this newest addition where colorful pictures adorned every page. When we were finished, I always returned to the first book’s story of Adam and Eve, the snake and that forbidden tree. Eden looked amazing to me, at least as grand as heaven. “Why,” I often asked myself, “would Adam and Eve turn away from God who gave them so much?”

Life in this confused world of ours answers that question every day, doesn’t it? It’s lucky for us that God never returns the favor when we walk away. God simply waits with arms outstretched for our return.

Generous God, thank you for the blessing of second and third and twenty-ninth chances which you offer us day in and day out. Give us the wisdom to accept every chance you give us to start anew.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

New Beginnings

The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband,
who was with her, and he ate it.

Genesis 3:6

When I was a child, though my parents didn’t have money to spare, they did invest in books. Two favorites included our family bibles. The first was a single volume in which our family tree and significant events were recorded. The second consisted of cardboard front and back covers which held together several separate booklets which were held together by extremely long laces. The seventy-two booklets which eventually completed this children’s bible came in the mail periodically. When each one arrived, my mom carefully removed the bible’s cardboard cover, inserted the new booklet, and replaced the cover. Afterward, I poured over every page. The colorful pictures and reasonably understandable text held my attention for quite some time. When I finished perusing each new addition, I habitually returned to the first book’s story of Adam and Eve, the snake and that forbidden tree. Eden amazed me almost as much as heaven. “Why,” I often wondered, “would Adam and Eve turn away from God who gave them so much?”

Life in this world answers that question every day. It’s lucky for us that God never returns the favor when we walk away. God simply waits -with arms outstretched- for our return.

Generous God, thank you for blessing us with second and third and twenty-ninth chances day in and day out. Grant us the wisdom to accept every chance you give us to start anew.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Another Chance

The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
From Genesis 3:1-8

The treasures I recall from my childhood include two family bibles. The first is a single volume in which our family tree and significant events were recorded. The second consisted of cardboard front and back covers which held together several separate booklets which arrived in the mail periodically. With each new booklet, my mom carefully removed the bible’s cardboard cover, inserted the new booklet, and replaced the cover. Afterward, my sisters and I poured over this newest addition, every page adorned with colorful pictures. When we were finished, I always returned to the first book’s story of Adam and Eve, the snake and that forbidden tree. Eden looked amazing to me, at least as grand as heaven. “Why,” I often asked myself, “would Adam and Eve turn away from God who gave them so much?”

Life in this topsy-turvy world of ours answers that question every day, doesn’t it? It’s lucky for us that God never returns the favor when we walk away. God simply waits -with arms outstretched- for our return.

Generous God, thank You for the blessing of second and third and twenty-ninth chances which you offered us day in and day out. Give me the wisdom to accept every chance you give me to start anew.

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved