There’s Always 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…

Genesis 3:6

When I was a child, my parents didn’t have money to spare. Still, they invested in books. One of these treasures was a children’s bible. It consisted of cardboard front and back covers, several separate booklets and extremely long laces which held the entire thing together. The seventy-two booklets which eventually completed this bible came in the mail periodically. When each one arrived, my mom carefully untied those laces, removed the bible’s cardboard cover, inserted the new booklet, replaced the cover and retired those laces. Afterward, I poured over every page. The colorful pictures and reasonably understandable text held my attention for some time.

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. Eden amazed me almost as much as heaven did. “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 difficult to read the headlines and listen to the daily news without wondering where we are headed these days. It’s fortunate for us all that God never strays from our company. God simply waits with arms outstretched for our return.

Dear God, thank you for the second and third and twenty-ninth chances your offer us day in and day out. Grant us the wisdom to start anew whenever we need to.

©2018 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