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Jesse Tree: Sarah

By December 1, 2015Formation, Jesse Tree

A lesson – Genesis 18:11-15

Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”

A reflection

icons-118.jpgThree mysterious figures came to the Oaks at Mamre to see Abraham and his wife (and half sister…) Sarah. These figures bore in themselves the Presence of God, and when they came to Mamre, Abraham and Sarah quickly set about providing them hospitality. Now Abraham was on the cusp of being 100 years old, and Sarah wasn’t much younger, and so the message that the three visitors brought with them was a bit awkward: they were going to have a child.

Ha! Can you imagine!

And, what did Sarah say? …She said, “ha!” 

And her visitors heard her laugh.

Abraham and Sarah, and their son Isaac (whose name means “laughter”) are poster children for some of the great truths about God:

1. Nothing is impossible for God. Nothing.

2. God often works through the most unlikely of people, and the most unlikely of circumstances. We are never too old, too young, too rich, too poor, too uneducated, too inexperienced, too naive, too unworthy for God to enter our lives and in the process change the world.

3. And, sometimes the prospect of that is so audacious, that you might just laugh, for there is nothing too wonderful for the Lord.

A prayer

O God, you are welcome in my home, my life, my heart. Come upon me, and use me for your will, and to your glory. Amen.