HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, April 27, 2020
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Good Morning! It’s April 27th. Vicar Sara here for our Daily Dose of Good News today. We’re going to look at Genesis 18:1-14 and I think we’re going to have fun with this.
18 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. 2 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. 3 He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 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.” 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” 7 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. 8 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.
9 They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Here ends the reading.
I can relate to Sarah. Not only because I’m female, named Sara, and like to laugh. But also because God has motioned to me before, about something unexpected, that seemed like it came out of left field at the time. And I think Sarah can probably relate to that in this story. For her, having a child, at her age, was incomprehensible. It was not part of her history, she had never had a child before and it wasn’t what she anticipated for her future. Like Sarah, on the brink of 40, at my advanced age, my pastor in Cincinnati came to me and said, “Have you ever thought of seminary?” And I burst out laughing! Because like Sarah, it was incomprehensible to me. It was not part of my history or my thinking for the future. My past involved being named “teacher’s torment” and “class clown” in high school. That didn’t feel like seminary material, really. So, this wasn’t something that I had expected, or been looking forward to, or thought was on my horizon. And I think about Sarah and how long she waited for her son Isaac, and I think, because it took a long time, that probably made it even more special and more precious to have a son. I can relate to that too. Because for me, I started seminary in 2011, and it has been a long journey for me. In many ways, that has made it more special and more precious for me going through it.
So, I thought today, Abraham’s advice would be good for us to consider taking. His suggestion to sit and rest and refresh ourselves under the tree. This area, that they talk about, the oaks of Mamre, this is known as Abraham’s tree, this is his space. It’s referred to and it seems unique and special. So, the idea that maybe it is worth considering today, to go and be near a tree. Maybe it is looking at a tree. So, here’s a picture of a tree by Gustav Klimt. Or maybe it is going outside and sitting underneath a tree and just listening to God. Or maybe it’s sitting at a window inside and looking out at the beauty of a tree and taking some time to reflect on that. In that, asking God, with some sense of expectation “God, what do you have that’s wonderful for me?” I hope you get a chance to do that today. Because God may very well have something wonderful for you. Whether that’s expected or unexpected. But I encourage you to take the time to sit and be with God, under your own tree, and just be near God. Enjoy the time with God. Remembering that nothing is too wonderful for God. And I hope God has more to say to you about what God has that’s wonderful for you.
Have a good day, everybody. Bye-bye.