Prepare: Bring a tent. It does not need to be set up, it can just be a tent in a bag.
Today we hear about Abraham and Sarah in two different readings. Abraham and Sarah lived in a tent! It wasn’t just a fun thing to do on the weekend, it was their house. Actually, they probably had several tents, because they had a big household. There were two of them, then they had many servants to help them, because Abraham and Sarah had a whole bunch of animals. It was kind of like a moving farm.
So, they had tents, they had servants, they even had animals, but do you know what they didn’t have? They didn’t have any children! This was a problem because Abraham had all these things, he was really kind of rich for when and where he lived, but there would be no one to take over his herds and tents when he died. What made Abraham even more upset was that God had promised that he would have a son to take over the herds, but now Abraham was old, much too old to have children, and so was his wife Sarah. So, he complained to God about it. Do any of you do that sometimes? I know that I do. I usually don’t get very far when I complain to God, but for Abraham God showed up and said, “Don’t you remember what I promised?” God promised Abraham again that he would have a son, and that his descendants would be as many as the stars in heaven!
Abraham and Sarah kept their faith in God’s promise and God gave them a son! Abraham had to wait a long time for God’s promise. We, too, should keep our faith in God, and hold on to God’s promise of love and grace and mercy for us in our lives.
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