Things go awry.I am not going to spend time figuring out who were “the sons of God” and who were the “daughters of humans”, as up to that point, I thought that God had made them all.

I won’t try to figure out how “fallen” the Nephilim were, or how gigantic. I must admit, though, that I was fascinated recently by a documentary about the giants of the past.

What strikes me personally is what we read in the fifth and sixth verses:

5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

God has feelings. God was sorry for having made humankind. Boy, how did we go so wrong? That humans “were inclined to think evil continually”? And have things changed?

“Yes” is the answer if we recognise that we have a living enabler to help us choose our better side. The “inclination of our thoughts” does not have to be evil continually. I don’t think it is now since there is something good in the worst of us.

And God was so sorry about our sad and wicked state, we read, that the divine plan then was to obliterate humankind from the face of the earth. But there was Noah who found favour in God’s sight. God, it seems, likes the idea of keeping a remnant to keep things going rather than start again from scratch, like the potter who refashions the broken pottery.

I like to focus on the point that “Noah found favour with God” for we are not told at that point that Noah was righteous.

Later we read that Noah carefully followed the ark building and stocking prescriptions that he received from God. He got a chance and he did not blow it.

We too, can through grace, be salvaged even when we have messed up. God doesn’t have to replace us, if we are poised for a new start.

May we find favour in your sight, O God: and may we not blow our chances by trying to follow guidance that doesn’t come from you. we seem always to make a mess when we do. Amen.

Heartaches, broken pieces, ruined lives are why he died on Calvary

Your touch was what I longed for; you have given life to me.

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