Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

February 22, 2018

Perhaps it has something to do with no matter how old they were, their faith would be further tested.  Abraham and Sarah are initially compelling… because they are crusty.  But within God’s nature is a continual calling, that didn't take age to account.  It simply didn't matter how old they were. They were to “walk before me faithfully and be blameless.”

In consideration of this Biblical couple, what makes one sit up and take notice is how they managed this, despite what they had desperately wanted for a long time, and increasingly knew to be impossible – that is, having a child.  And then beyond that, to hope such a legacy would provide lots of descendants to come, would have been defined and dismissed as crazy thinking.

Never could they imagine that God would help them realize their hope, beyond their wildest dreams.  From their son, nations would be formed.

     

Desperately, repeatedly, hopefully seeking

year after year,

looking but not finding, grappling

with increasing questions and fear,

even beyond being blameless in worship,

with our call to faithfully dare,

do we not still wonder, ponder,

question, ask, challenge,

who, what, why, when, and where?

 

Still, none-the-less,

I must confess…

 

through the most improbable, often smallest of seeds,

God remembers, answering hopes, desires, and needs,

where we learn from the problems of awe, anticipation,

that from one, comes a savior, a legacy,      a nation.

 

Rev. Richard Wagner

Dear friends,

This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16:

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” (Genesis 17:1–7, NIV)

“God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.””                         (Genesis 17:15–16, NIV)

 

Sometimes in examining the past one will find an interesting character or two, buried within the family genealogy.  For example, consider grandparents or great-grandparents who stand out, whose name, and nature carry on, for a generation or two, beyond death. Comparatively, the name and nature of Abraham and Sarah of Biblical antiquity, have carried on much, much longer.  More so than one might ordinarily expect.  What makes this couple attractive, compelling, that they are recalled and celebrated generation after generation?