As we enter Lent, at Grace Lutheran we will be looking at different journeys of faith. On Sunday mornings, we'll hear about some journeys in scripture that lead us from one way of being to another.
And on Wednesdays in Lent we will be journeying along with Henri Nouwen's book, Following the Movements of the Spirit. Where does God's Spirit take us?
There are other journeys in scripture, others who were led by God into unknown territory.
So today, as a beginning to this theme of journey's, here is a passage of one of the greatest journeys in the Bible: the journey that began the story of the Hebrew people; the journey of the one who became the father of three of the world's major religions.
How does Abraham's journey inspire your journey of faith?
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. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I 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.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot and all the possessions that they had gathered and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran, and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east, and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb. ~ Genesis 12:1-9