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Last Sunday we were asked to come up with a scripture to share as a Lenten devotional.  One of the suggestions was Abraham and Sarah which is the one I chose although, I must admit, I probably won’t be coming at it from the expected direction.  My verses are Genesis 18: 9-13.  Three angels have come to Abraham and Sarah to tell them that, even in their old age, they will have a child.

They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”

Why this passage?  Maybe you didn’t outright laugh, but we’ve all been there.  “Thanks, God, but you’ve got to be joking. That isn’t even possible.”

Whatever the task God has put before you, the reality is that it will probably take more than one attempt.  But that’s okay.  Ours is a patient God even if we aren’t an especially patient people.



Have a Mary Little Christmas

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