Genesis 12:1-3

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writer is Christina Montalvo.

 

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. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I 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.” Genesis 12:1-3

 

The Dean of Student Affairs at my medical school often talked about the ‘Impostor Syndrome.’ How did I get into this great school? I don’t deserve to be here. I’m a fraud, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone else figures it out. 

 

Every now and again, and pretty much always during service, I wonder if I’m an Impostor and perhaps I should gather my things and quietly retreat to the door, but then I read the story of Abram, a pagan man who not once but twice passed his wife as his sister among several other sins. And it reminds me that God’s promise is a covenant of Grace, the unconditional and undeserving love of God, even to sinners like Abram.

 

Like Abram, we are all set forth on this incredible journey and instead of feeling like we are aimlessly roaming through the desert, we should trust in God’s will and recognize that this is all part of a voyage with a great destination.

 

Let us pray:  Dear Lord, as we carry on this great journey with many unexpected twists and turns, help give us the strength to bear the unexpected, the will to remember our blessings and the guidance to make good choices.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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