Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message
Grace and peace!
On Sunday Rev. Paul will be preaching on Genesis 22:8-21, about Abraham banishing Hagar and her young child (his child, too) after the birth of Abraham and Sarah’s son, Isaac. It’s a difficult story about how our prejudices and fears can lead us to treat others poorly; one of the great gifts of the Bible is that it acknowledges both the positive and negative sides of human nature, seeking redemption in God’s great love.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes explores how this story can reach into our own experience:
Who is she whom we choose to be our Hagar,
our outcast, she who is made invisible,
she whom we thought we could do away with,
could make foreign, make strange,
turn into an other,
but who is truly ours?
How do we take her back?
Where do we find that land
big enough for us both?
How are we healed of our own cruelty,
sending her, of our own heart,
away, always away?
Where do we find those open arms
that await us,
that teach us to open our arms?
Good questions – real-life questions – for all of us who claim to follow Jesus’ example and God’s grace. Together with each other and together with God, we can find a loving and faithful way forward even through difficult times and situations.