Reflection: “Not all those who wander are lost,” wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in The Fellowship of the Ring. Unless you happen to be Cain, that is. He’s committed the first murder, and his victim is Abel, his own brother. It’s a shocking intensification of sin, and the result is for Cain to be cast out from God’s presence. This was not how things were supposed to go. We were made to walk with God always, which suggests being in relationship with him and living under his loving rule wherever we roam. That is no longer an option for Cain. He is doomed to wander restlessly, to be on the road but with no particular destination, and no ‘welcome home’ waiting for him at the end of all his travels. It seems a cruel fate. But Cain still experiences a glimmer of God’s grace. Even as God punishes Cain, he puts a mark upon him that will preserve his life.
Prayer: Gracious God, when have I been a restless wanderer? Please show your grace to me, and put me back on your path. Amen