By: Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum
Reflection—v. 2, …you will be a blessing
Sometimes we forget what all Abraham’s call entails. We get so caught up in what it means that Abraham is chosen, special, and called that we can forget what exactly Abraham is called to do. God tells Abraham that God is choosing him to ‘be a blessing’ so that ‘in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ If we are to think of our own call as Christians in this way, then we must accept the work that goes into being a blessing to others. We cannot ignore those seeking refuge in our country. We cannot ignore those living on the streets without access to showers, shelter, and healthcare. We cannot villainize and disassociate from those who may have voted differently from us. The work of being a blessing is a daunting task to anyone who may rather turn inward and put themselves first in the difficult times ahead, but that is not what our call entails. When God called Abraham to be a blessing, things did not suddenly get easy for him. It was a difficult journey, one in which he fell short, doubted, and messed up. Like Abraham, we are not called to be perfect, but in our beloved choseness we are called to the difficult work of being a blessing.
Prayer Everlasting God, guide us that we may be a blessing to all others, and instruct our hearts that we may do so in gracious and accepting love.