Remembering to say “I’m Sorry.”

“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened,
and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:5

Lots of people know the story from today.  You might know it too.
God told his wonderful newly created people not to eat from the tree in the middle of the Garden.  But they did anyway.
The cunning snake hissed to Eve to come and try the fruit from the tree.
And instead of insisting “Oh! No, no, no, no, no! I must not do that!!!” she tried it.
Adam, who was right there with Eve tried the fruit too.
Oooohhhhh how I wish he would have said “Oh! No,no,no,no,no! I must not do that!!!”

Actually, there are lots of things I wish Adam and Eve had said but they didn’t.
Like “I’m sorry.”

After their mistake (which is really disobedience but that is a really big word) God found them hiding in the Garden.  When God asked them what was up, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake.
And no one even whispered “I’m sorry.”

Whenever I hear this story, all I can think is “Oh! No,no,no,no,no! I must not do that!!!”
I must remember to say “I’m sorry.”
Some people call this “owning up” others call this being responsible.
Christians call this confession (which is really saying “I’m sorry” to God and another big word for today!)

Believe it or not – everyone makes mistakes.
Believe it or not – everyone is disobedient.
We don’t have to blame others –
not Adam, Eve, the snake, dog, cat, little sister or big brother!
We don’t even have to hide from God!
We can “own up” and be responsible and whisper this little prayer.

Dear God,
I’m sorry for what I have just done.
I am truly sorry I hurt you.
I am truly sorry I hurt others.
Please forgive me.
Please grant me Your Peace and Love.
Amen.

I’m curious.
What do you wish Adam and Eve had said or done?
Is it hard for you to admit when you make a mistake?
What do you think God says back to us when we say I’m sorry?