Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3
Key verses: (1-3) Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Reflection: As we take these steps into a new year, we all are hoping 2021 brings something better than 2020. With each step, we have no idea what the day will bring. Like every other year before this one. It is an unknown journey.
In his journey into the unknown, Abraham chose to live with confidence in God’s promise to be with him in a new and strange land. Abraham had to relinquish control. It was not just a journey from a place on a map but it was also one of the mind. Abraham had to leave behind his narrow vision of the world and humanity. On this journey, Abraham became the stranger, powerless and excluded. We know that Abraham’s story does not end here. Abraham’s faith is in a God that promises to be and abide with him always. Abraham believed God could do the impossible and in him we see God’s blessings for the whole world.
What do you need to leave behind before you take a few more steps in 2021?
Our journey as children of Abraham, is to move beyond our self-focused need for control, taking steps into a love of God, a love for our neighbors and a genuine love for the world.
Prayer: God of the known and unknown, thank you for the promise to walk with us. To bring transformation. To do the impossible. Whatever that may be for each of us and all of us. With trust and confidence, we journey with you. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].