Scripture

Genesis 12: 1-5

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Reflection

Long before Jesus was born, God called Abram to be the father of a nation. Abram probably had a hard time believing he would be the father of anything, considering he was 75 and he and his wife Sarai had no children. But he believed. He followed God anyway. He held out hope that God could do what God said. And indeed, God did bless Abram, changing his name to Abraham, and blessing him as the father of the nation of Israel.

 

Though it seems long ago, we are still part of that faith journey that Abraham began. We have God’s promise that Jesus has come and is coming to offer us a saving, restorative grace. Like Abraham, we should take that promise seriously. Abraham did not know what this promise would look like, but he believed anyway. Today we have a great history (including that of Abraham) to read and understand. We have Jesus Christ. Let us begin this Advent season with the same faith and anticipation that Abraham had when he only had God’s promise to go on. Let us anticipate the way God will work in our lives and follow with great faith. 

Prayer

Dear God, in this Advent/Christmas season, I thank you for the gift of Jesus. I will never understand this great love you have for me, but today, I will try to honor the gift. Guide me as I seek to be a gift to others. Show me where there is need and guide me to bless others as you have blessed me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.