I don’t like them in any way, shape, or form. In my life I’ve had a few encountersss. I can recall each one; pleasant is not a word that comesss to mind when I remember those incidentsss. There’s nothing sssnugly, warm, cuddly, fuzzy, or friendly about them; that’sss my opinion and that’sss the one that countsss the most. He wasss ssstretched out in a lazy curve, easing hisss way across the driveway. My husband and I had been sssitting in our wire rocking chairsss and both of us had nodded off-oh yesss we had. I opened my eyesss and sssaw him and alerted my husband as I quickly stood up in the rocking chair … not a good idea and I knew it … but … encountering thisss sssnake wasss not a good idea to me either! Not afraid in the least, my husband picked up a ssstick and proceeded to get the sssnake to curl around it; not happening in thisss lifetime, he yelled for me to go get those extended pincher thingys that help you grasp things. He yelled, cause I wasss ssstill ssstanding on top of the rocking chair ssseat. I cautiously side-stepped their tete-a-tete; another bout of man vs. sssnake ensued; next he called for a gunny sack … I kid you not. Ssstanding ssstill, almost paralyzed with indecision, I ran to get a large black garbage bag for this large black sssnake. Yes, we know this is a harmless helpful sssnake to have around the house … but … a sssnake is a sssnake, and I don’t need to stand up in any more rocking chairs this week! The bagging of sssaid sssnake wasss about as sssuccessful as the other approachesss; finally, though, he bagged him. They took off to the creek to bid farewell to each other. I remained far … far … away.
This was our Adam and Eve story today. The original story as recorded in Genesis is about as successful as our encounter. The theme is “Pass the Buck.” The Serpent, with a devilish shimmer in his eye, deceived Eve; Eve disobeyed God; Eve passed on the deception to Adam; Their eyes were opened; God realized what had happened and asked them for an explanation; Adam blamed Eve; Eve blamed the serpent; the serpent had no one else to blame, so the buck stopped with him.
I cannot blame anyone for my mistakes, Lord. I try, and have tried to pass the blame. I excuse my behaviors, I justify my anger, resentments; it never works. It didn’t work for Adam or for Eve.
Dear Lord, help me grow more mature; help me take responsibility for my actions and own up to problems I have created all by myself. Help me to trust that You have my best interest in mind. Help me to follow Your lead, obey Your instructions, and keep close to You, not allowing other individuals to influence me to be anything other than my most cherished position, Your child.
Thank You, Lord, for life lessons that bring me daily back to scripture. I am truly blessed by the time You and I can spend together. When I drift away from You, nothing turns out well; I become un-well; my thoughts and actions fall into an abyss, a well of hopelessness and helplessness. I become undone.
I praise You, Father, for being generous, kind, and loving, even when I am not. I bless You, Lord, for loving me no matter what. Amen
The Doxology by Thomas Ken 1674
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Genesis 3: 1-13 The Message
The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?”
The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’”
The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”
When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.
Immediately the two of them did “see what’s really going on”—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves.
When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.
God called to the Man: “Where are you?”
He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”
God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?”
The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.”
God said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?”
“The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.”
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