By: Maggie Leonard
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Reflection—v. 3, Don’t eat from it, and don’t touch it
Do you remember that movie—the name escapes me… the really inspiring one where the person realized what they were incapable of doing? They saw their limits and realized that they really couldn’t overcome them? Oh right. Me neither. That’s not a story that we celebrate in our culture and it’s not the outcome of this story either. Overcoming odds is what makes our hearts soar—and with reason! But I worry sometimes, that we have become a little reckless in our limit pushing. We don’t believe others when they tell us no—whether it is about borrowing an object or the acceptability of touching another body. We push our own physicality to the limits, often to the detriment of our health, whether it’s through our drinking or eating (or not eating) or our training. Or in the case of Adam and Eve, boundaries were ignored and, as we later discover, there were unforeseen consequences. Recently, when I was grocery shopping, I noticed words written upon the piece of wood used to divide one customer’s purchases from the next in line. It said, ‘It’s okay. Boundaries are healthy.’ I had to giggle—sometimes I feel sheepish when I use the divider between myself and another customer. But boundaries are important, and not just for groceries. More on that tomorrow…
Prayer Triune God, you are three in one, one in three—three distinct persons, indivisible. Thank you for your example of healthy relationship.