August 11, 2019
Good morning, 8th Day.
Let us pray:
Gracious One, you lovingly, continuously invite us to radiant, courageous, creative, compassionate lives in you. May we turn our faces toward you in trusting faith, the “yes” of our lives unfurling and blossoming in the bright sun of your love. Amen.
Today’s New Testament portion, from chapter 11 of the Letter to the Hebrews, is one I keep coming back to. It provides me key coordinates on my spiritual map, locating me in God’s space and time, in the larger scheme of things. It reminds me, as well, of the kind of journey I want to be on.
It focuses on God’s call to Abraham, already 75 and his wife Sarah, age 65 and childless. Abraham heeds God’s call to leave his homeland with Sarah, but is given no clue about where they will be going. But he is given two promises:
the first is that Abraham will find a new homeland.
The second is laid out beautifully in today’s passage from Genesis, which links to the passage from Hebrews : “Look up to the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able. This is how numerous your descendants will be.”