Daily Office Readings for Thursday, June 13, 2019 Proper 5
“Therefore the Lord assured him with an oath that the nations would be blessed through his offspring; that he would make him as numerous as the dust of the earth, and exalt his offspring like the stars, and give them an inheritance from sea to sea and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.” (Sirach 44.21)
I have, for a long time now been fascinated with the God – Abraham relationship. Abram called to leave Ur and go to where God leads him. Abraham left what is now Iraq. And from there became the origin of what is now the Hebrew People and more than that, through Jesus, he became the Father of the Hebrew – Christian world. This is a heritage we do not talk about enough.
God told Abram that God will bless him and that Abram or Abraham, will be a blessing. This truly is the gift that keeps on giving. This blessing makes itself manifests in the way we listen to God and respond to God’s call. Abram/Abraham responded to God also as he was sitting by his tent when he was visited by God. (Gen. 18:1-2) Abraham was open to God’s call on his life all the time, not just when, and if, it was convenient.
This is more than a story about biology or ethnicity. This is about who God could use. From this story in Sirach or Ecclesiasticus, we get the summary of the spiritual lineage of Abraham. There was an emptiness in the bosom of Abraham where God found a place dwell. God wants more Abrahams. That’s where we come in.
It really makes no difference where we come from. It matters not who our parents were. If we sit at the door of our tent with patience God will come visiting. Sometimes I think we over indulge ourselves with mind numbing sounds and activities so as to keep God at bay. We stay distracted so that God can’t enter in. But that’s not who we are brought forth to be. We are children to Abraham.
As I write this journal entry I am at peace this morning. I don’t know what lies in store for me as this day moves on. I do pray that God “Leads me and guides me.” God picked a person who had the unique characteristic of maintaining a soul-space where God was able to dwell. From there God continues to this very day to work wonders within Abraham’s offspring like the stars, and give them an inheritance from sea to sea and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.”
“O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (BCP 289)
Let us ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+