The peace and harmony between God, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was shattered. Sin, pain, and death entered God’s glorious creation. Lutherans understand sin as the lack of trust in God. Sin leads to disobedience and self-centeredness. It ruins our relationship with God.
Although God announces the consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience: the serpent will be cursed among all animals and creatures, the woman will experience increased pain during child birth, and the man will have to work hard to provide for his family, this is not the end of the story. God, in his gracious mercy, still provided for them. “And the Lord God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21, NRSV)
Lord, open our eyes to see your grace in our lives. We are born children of a fallen humanity. We have strayed so far from you and gone our own way. But you are a merciful God who will never abandon or destroy us. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, you have made for us a path to salvation and reconciliation with you. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen
“Because the Lord your God is a merciful God, he will neither abandon you nor destroy you.” (Deuteronomy 4:31a, NRSV)