Peet Dickinson

 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.” ~ Genesis 4:10


Again and again and again it keeps happening. Pride that leads to the Fall that leads to jealousy that leads to anger that leads to hate that leads to destruction and death. From the earliest murder of Abel by Cain to the horrific events over the weekend in Orlando, the pattern has not changed, but will it change? The temptation is to lose hope of there ever being a day when the curse of the Fall is not seen and felt as man destroys man by thought, word, and deed over and over again. When the LORD asked Cain, “What have you done?” he was not unsure of Cain’s actions as he heard Abel’s blood crying from the ground. He was asking the question from a place of deep sorrow as he saw the depths to which his children had fallen. One can almost hear the LORD cry out even as he hears Abel’s blood cry out. I am quite certain that the LORD cries out as he hears the blood of those who were cut down over the weekend crying out to him from the ground. Murder is an abomination in all circumstances that it occurs. It is an affront to God’s handcrafted Imago Dei and we must ask, “What have we done?” whenever it occurs. When we become disheartened and hopeless, however, let us ask, “What has the LORD done to address what we have done?”

We see and feel the curse of the Fall daily, and sometimes it is unspeakably hideous as it was in our city a year ago at Mother Emmanuel and as it was once again in Orlando early Sunday morning. When we see and feel this, it should shake us to our bones and make us know that there is no hope in ourselves to help ourselves. The curse is too strong for us, but there is hope and help for the LORD has done what is necessary. As the Apostle Paul reminded the Galatians, “[The Lord Jesus] has become a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.” He was murdered in order that our murderous ways would not have the final word. His blood cried louder from the ground and that ground could not hold him. Because of his resurrection, we can know that there will indeed be a day when the curse of the Fall is not seen and felt ever again.

In this day, though, let us be sorrowful over the atrocities that we see, and cry out with prayers of lament for those who have been killed and for all those who grieve most at their deaths. What have we done?!?! LORD, we praise and thank you for what you’ve done.

Peace in Christ Jesus,