God’s call to Abram in Genesis 12:1-4a can be the basis for a Lenten discipline during this second week of Lent. If we choose to focus on this passage, we can go in several directions. Here are some possibilities.
We can contemplate how God is calling us in our personal lives. Am I being called to leave something? Where am I being called to go? Do I trust God enough to act on this call? If not, why am I reluctant to follow? Who will travel with me?
We can ponder God’s calling to Trinity. Are we being called to do something new? Does that mean leaving something behind? What is God calling us to be and to do?
We can reflect on our blessings as individuals, a church, or both. What blessings have I received today or this week? When have I been a blessing? How can I be a blessing this week? How can Trinity be a blessing to our members, friends, and community?
The passage may raise totally different questions for each of us. If so, see where they lead. Live with them. Ponder them. Include them in your prayers. Listen to what the Spirit is saying to you.
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. “I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, those who curse you I will curse; all the families of the earth will be blessed because of you.”
Abram left just as the Lord told him, and Lot went with him.