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1 December 2017

 

Friday 1st December - Genesis 15: 1 - 6

 

Abram: God with us in our Doubt

 

Once again we are beginning the wonderful season of Advent. What will the next 25 days mean to us as we approach the Christmas season?

 

In the Church we take this time both to reflect and to look forward. When we look back we join in anticipation with the people of Israel as they eagerly longed for the coming of a Messiah to deliver them from bondage; when we look forward we are looking for the Second Coming of Christ when he will usher in a New Heaven and a New Earth, and the Holy City of Peace where God will dwell with us mortals for ever more (Revelation 21:1-3).

 

Advent means ‘coming’, and Isaiah speaks of the coming of Emmanuel, ‘God with us’. What better way of experiencing ‘God with us’, in our waiting and longing, than through prayer. God has been with his people from the time of Creation, and the first prayer in this book of meditations by Michael and Rosemary Green, shows how God constantly takes the initiative in his love affair with human kind and reaches out and speaks to us in our troubles as well as our joys. The world is going through uncertain times, but God is with us in all the changing scenes of life.

 

God had led Abram away from his home and his belongings and set his feet on a journey and a story of promise and wonder, which has still not ended.

 

But though Abram was obedient, he experienced struggles and doubts.  And ‘The Lord came to Abram’.  He not only came, but in his faithfulness and graciousness, he reassured and repeated his promise to him. And Abram ‘believed the Lord and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’.

 

As we pray during the coming weeks, let us believe God’s gracious promise. He is God with us, till the end of the age.

 

 

For further reflection, please read “In Touch with God: Advent meditations on biblical prayers” by Michael & Rosemary Green, pages 1-4