This reading raises a bucket full of questions for me, all of which can lead into lengthy wanderings for my mind. I think the most difficult for me is related to Abraham’s trust in God. My initial reaction is to hope that if God made such a request of me, I would dismiss it as a nightmare or wonder about my sanity and assume it was a hallucination. However, there is also a message of Abraham’s total trust that God will take care of everything and make it all right. How and where in my life can I apply that message? For me personally being an accomplished worrier there is much to be learned. Rather than wasting my time stewing, it would be far better to deal with the things that I can do something about - and turn the rest over to God. This reminds me of the well known Serenity Prayer. As I did some searching into the origin of this prayer, I came across a version that is even more pertinent to our reading from Genesis:
May we live each day trusting that God is with us – since He is.
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