Return to God’s word. Allow it to transform you. Notice how your faith is being deepened and your way of life motivated.
As I return to the Word, I find a clear calling in the relationship I observe between Abraham and the Lord. I am aware of the almost unbreachable distance between myself, the created being, and God, the creator. When I pray, am I aware of how great God is, the one who made the stars above and promises an even greater love? Do I appreciate the magnitude of the divine love that enters into my life?
This narrative in Genesis is cast as a magnificent vision, a break from the normal run of Abraham’s life. Yet the relationship we observe in it is not a break, but rather the norm. God’s love is always there for Abraham, and it is always there for us today. It is up to me to make time to spend with God — to take “time out” of my life and rest in God’s presence, building upon the incomprehensible relationship that God offers.
As I continue in Lent, I will make it a priority to set time aside. That is my own personal calling to become more like Christ, who himself took time from his all important ministry simply to be with God.
In what ways are you called to be more like Christ as a result of this scripture and illuminated Word?
© Abraham and Sarah, Donald Jackson, 2003. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.