To claim that we are children of Abraham (let alone Adam and Eve) is to recognize that there are hidden dangers in turning over the leaves of the family Bible and laying bare our spiritual family tree. …
Abraham’s family is our own. His battle with faith over cynicism is our own war with disappointment. The tears of Lot’s wife sting our cheeks with their salt. The despondency of Hagar is our fear. The terror of Isaac cries out from the heart of every child of God at one time or another. And our faith is challenged to believe that God will provide a ram to save us from the fire.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.
—Galatians 3:7 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
God of infinite love, thank you for loving us even before we were born. Help us to realize that your family has room for each of us. Guide us to accept ourselves and others as we seek to grow closer to you. Amen.
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