Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Re­cently I have been read­ing the story of Abra­ham who re­ceived a mes­sage from the Almighty, which changed his whole life.

I was re­minded that this great man is revered in the Jewish Scrip­tures, the Chris­tian Bi­ble and the Holy Qu­ran.

He has no chil­dren and he and his wife are old. God makes a solemn covenant with him: “I will make of you a great na­tion.” When it seemed that all hope was fad­ing of a child be­ing born and Sarai al­lowed her hus­band to beget a child by an­other wo­man, fi­nally Isaac was born.

What a joy, at long last Abra­ham had an heir and the prom­ise will be ful­filled.

But sud­denly God made an amaz­ing re­quest of Abra­ham - to sac­ri­fice his son.

Some years ago I saw a paint­ing of the sac­ri­fice of Isaac. Look­ing back 3,000 years it is easy for us to for­get the con­text in which this story was writ­ten.

When I read it for the first time I was shocked and then relieved as it ended hap­pily. I could eas­ily have missed the mes­sage which was; Abra­ham trusted in God to­tally and that is why he is re­garded as the fa­ther of our faith.

I ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing like that years ago when a young man was dy­ing and he said to me that he wanted to re­cover but that he trusted in God and said ‘Let God’s holy will be done.

As Abra­ham pre­pared to depart this life he sought a wife for his son Isaac.

His was a life well lived and guided by God to care for all around him as God had taken care of him and guided him.

There was so much more to the life of Abra­ham that it is no won­der that he is an in­spi­ra­tion to those who be­long to the Chris­tian, Jewish and Mus­lim faiths. Fa­ther Pat Hennessy St Colum­bkille’s

Firm friends Pals from the com­mu­nity were able to en­joy a blether

All doneRes­i­dents came out in force to sup­port the event

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