Daily Worship

Going into reverse

August 02, 2022 2
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Genesis 3: 8-15 (NRSVA)

8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ 10 He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ 11 He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ 12 The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ 14 The Lord God said to the serpent,

‘Because you have done this,
    cursed are you among all animals
    and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go,
    and dust you shall eat
    all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
    and you will strike his heel.’


Even the word makes us cringe!

It diminishes us,

Turns us inward,

Ready to run,

Ready to hide,

Ready to turn away from the light.


That sinking feeling inside,

Gut wrenching,



It’s a heavy cloak – shame,




But it’s not God-given!



Maker and keeper,

The One whose love fills us with wonder,

We bow before you,

But we long to run,

To hide.

We look at ourselves,

At our messy lives,

At the ways in which we let you down,

At what we think of as failure,

And we cringe and shy away from you,

Our heads bow in shame, our shoulders droop in defeat,

And yet,

You meet us here,

Arms wide open,

Reaching out,

Forgiving and loving,

And instead of rebuking us,

You whisper our name,

Tenderly putting your finger beneath our chin,

And lifting, so that our gaze meets yours…

You take off that old dirty cloak of shame, and you cloak us in your grace, your mercy,

Your righteousness.


Because you love us, 

Not because of who we are, 

But because of who you are!

What love, what mercy, what grace!


For our July theme In Good Time we are revisiting past weeks of Daily Worship. Our writers this month are taking us back in time as we meditate on time itself! The piece above originally came from 2018.