It really is all about belonging, this story of Adam and Eve. It’s about their belonging to God, their belonging to one another, their belonging to the clay from which they were shaped, all in bonds of nurture and care.
David retreats and immediately mourns the death of his son, no longer calling him the young man Absalom, but “Absalom, my son.” It would appear that David’s life is a complete and utter mess. What are we to make of this tragic story?
If nothing is able to separate David from God’s love, it is a safe bet there is nothing that will separate me or you from God’s love. But for the forgiveness to happen, we must be willing to look inward and know where we fall short. It is neither easy nor pleasant.