Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Knowing God - Genesis 12:1-2

(from Pastor)

Personal Note:
Today we leave home with Jay for Annapolis
Now the Lord said to Abram,
"Go from your country and
your kindred and your father's house
to the land that I will show you. ... 
I will bless you ... 
so that you will be a blessing.
Genesis 12:1-2
The faith of Abra(ha)m has always amazed me. As Hebrews 11:8 renders it, "he set out, not knowing where he was going."
My son, Jay, does know where he's going. He's aimed for it since he was eight! Therefore, the sense of loss and change mingles freely with excitement and purpose. Only one thing undergirded Abraham's sense of loss and change as he left his father's house, it's the words that started this verse from Hebrews, "by faith."
Faith! That's the way we all go out everyday. And that's why Lutherans for generations have prayed: "Lord God, You have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"
Jay -- and all of you -- may you go forth today and always in the spirit of this prayer ... and with the absolute confidence of God's covenant upon Abraham: "I will bless you ... so that you will be a blessing." (Claim that promise, because, remember, God is who he says he is and God WILL DO what he says he can do.)
I want to be a blessing ... to others who are hurting ... to others who travel on similar journeys I have been on and am on ... to show that God is who he says he is and that he will do what he says he will do - always!!  

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