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Walking with God in the evening breeze

Genesis 3:8-15 NRSV
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. 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.”

The presence of God as an evening breeze
Speaks of rest and peace and contentment sweet.
Time in the presence of God fills with joy
The heart and the soul, the mind with its thoughts.
God is the lover who comes to be near
The human creation that he holds dear.
But evil has driven a hard, fast wedge
‘Tween lover and his treasured beloved.
God searches and seeks, yet surely, he knows
What has happened to his loved ones below.
On the earth, in the Garden he fashioned,
The bond of love and trust has been shattered.
“Where are you?” God calls. I reply, “Stay away!”
“I cannot be seen as I am today.
I have chosen to follow the serpent,
And turn from your loving bestowment,
To follow deception and selfish wants,
Making my heart and soul a fiendish haunt.”
The curse of the Lord fills the evening breeze
With turmoil and harshness. God’s judgment sees
That there is a price to be paid for sin,
It cannot be left to destroy within
The soul of the Father’s beloved ones,
Eternally lost, in fear and undone.
Rebellion is judged, the serpent is cursed,
Pain and great trouble now govern the earth.
Yet God in his love gives a hint of hope,
The promise of breaking the curse he spoke.
One who is coming will strike on the head
The one whose deception left us for dead.
Death has a limit; it has an ending.
God will give all things a new beginning,
When the presence of God, an evening breeze
Restores and rebuilds and from sin sets free.

The Love of God

Rusty Rabon

Rusty Rabon has served in vocational Christian ministry in local churches since 1981. He also served as a Christian radio announcer for 15 years. He married his wife Terri in 1978 and they have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. You can find books by Rusty Rabon here.

Rusty also hosts a book reading program called READING GREAT BOOKS on his Facebook page. You can follow Rusty at, on Facebook and on Twitter.

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