The readings for today are Genesis 12:1-3 and Hebrews 11:8-10
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. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
By faith Abraham, being called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt as a foreigner in the land of promise as in a foreign land, making his home in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the fellow heirs of the same promise; For he eagerly waited for the city which has the foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.
How perfect that I should get these readings, as I have been studying and enjoying them lately. Please note 2 things.
1. I’m not Jewish but I do get to be part of the blessing God imparted to Abram. Read the last line of the first reading, “All the families of the earth shall be blessed.” That includes me (and you!)
2. Abraham lived in tents and eagerly awaited a home but it’s not the one you might think. It isn’t Canaan or Jerusalem that the writer of Hebrews references. Abraham awaits the same city we do. One with the foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.
God, Your love continually overwhelms me. I look forward to the day I can even begin to comprehend You. With Abraham and all the saints before me, I eagerly await that city.
Thank You for Your blessings on my life, which are many. Amen.
Paula Barney firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Hope for the hopeless