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Thursday, July 1


 

Genesis 17:1-8

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous." 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4"As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 8And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God."

Reflection

It had been thirteen years since Abram had heard God and now, here he is, promising even more things to Abram.  What a patient man Abram was.  At 99 years old he was still faithful, still waiting, still believing in what was to be.  And here God the Almighty comes to him and tells him that he is going to be the father of many nations, and changes his name to Abraham.  He gives him land, not only for himself, but also for generations to come.
 
My husband and I are celebrating our 35th anniversary this summer.  We have planned for many years to take the family on an Alaskan cruise to celebrate the milestone.  Waiting for the day to come seemed like an eternity, and then, it was cancelled.  Now we are again waiting for next summer.  When we do finally go it will be a trip three years in the making, and to me that is a long time to wait.  I cannot imagine waiting thirteen years!  
 
Like Abram, I have trust and faith that the day will come.  Until then I will continue to do things the same way each day.  Abram knew the day would come and he continued to live a Godly life until God spoke to him again.  He did not give up.  His faith saw him through and as a result he was blessed beyond his own dreams.  
 


 

Prayer

 
God Almighty, each of us is faced with giving up when the wait seems long and hard.  Help us to be as faithful as Abraham was so that we too may “walk before you faithfully” in everything we do. Amen.
 

Written by Terri Harms

Preschool Director of Daily Operations

tharms@preschool-stjohns.org

 




 
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