East of Eden

I’ve struggled with the story of Cain and Abel. God rejects Cains gift and accepts Abel’s. Why? No reason is stated. Maybe it is unimportant. The reaction to the Father’s rejection is the story. Cain kills Abel. God then throws Cain out of Eden BUT saves him. He marks Cain for protection. He tells Cain that “thou mayest rule over sin”. At least that is the translation I choose to go with. It gives man a choice. Steinbeck says in East of Eden that the choice “makes a man great, that gives him stature with the gods, for in his weakness and his filth and his murder of his brother he has still the great choice. He can choose his course and fight it through and win.”

Is that not the story for all of us? We can choose how we react. Yes, we are dealt some difficult circumstances. Yes, we have made mistakes. But how we choose to move forward is in our control.

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