Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Year A Readings:

  • Isaiah 51:1-6
  • Psalm 124
  • Romans 12:1-8
  • Matthew 16:13-20

Look Forward by Looking Back

Sarah and Abraham were an odd pair
for nation building. They were old and childless
when the Lord made Abraham a promise:
Look towards heaven and count the stars,

if you are able to count them…
So shall your descendants be.
And so it came to pass that he
fathered a nation in the land of Canaan.

Faith in God was the quarry and rock
from which the nation of Israel came.
When faith fell away, the flame
of national purpose was snuffed out.

The strong grew from few to many;
they left their home to follow the Lord.
In Isaiah’s telling, by failing the Lord,
the people squandered the land of plenty.

Our story begins in Mesopotamia
when Abraham leaves for the promised land.
A renewed spirit reclaims the coastlands
as the nation returns from Babylonia.

Righteousness in the coastlands is coming back.
Look back to Abraham and Sarah’s foretelling
and how they created something from nothing.
Look forward by looking back.

August 23, 2020

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