Genesis 18:1-8

Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Sally Hargrove.  Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.

 

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet,  and rest yourselves under the tree.  Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. Genesis 18:1-8

 

“…Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them….”

 

What an elaborate feast Abraham and Sarah prepared for their Lord who came to them as three men.  I’ve often imagined how great it would be to see God face-to-face!  How much surer of my faith – but, maybe not.  Faith means trusting God knows what we need better than we do.

 

I experience God’s presence through the people God places in my path.  When I attempt to please God by trying to love and serve real people, I often feel God’s presence and approval.  There are times when I am preoccupied with my own agenda. Then I can miss the opportunity to feel God’s presence in the everyday loving and caring for each other.

 

Let us pray:  Dear Lord, give us the wisdom, patience, and willingness to treat our neighbor (and our own family) gently and lovingly, knowing you have made us in such a way that we experience joy sharing your love with others. Amen.

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