Today we hear about the covenant that God made with Abraham. Our reading is based on Genesis chapter 15. It relates the story of how God called Abram out of the land of Harran and chose him to be the father of his chosen people. We read about how Abram and Sarai were without child, yet God promised that their descendants would outnumber the stars! We read of the fulfillment of this promise with the birth of Isaac, whose name means laughter. We once again begin to see the path God has planned establish His people and to set forth His divine plan for the salvation of the world. Our ornament today is from our first Jesse tree ornament swap.
"Behold, the Lord will pass by, and before the Lord, a great and powerful wind will be rending the mountains and shattering the rocks; but the Lord will not be in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord will not be in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there will be a fire, but the Lord will not be in the fire. After the fire, there will be a sound of a gentle breeze, and the Lord will be there."
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she may help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:40-42