For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Lent is a season of being called into intentional acts of Christian practice. Christian practices are those actions drawing us into closer relationship with God. A primary Christian practice is prayer. Praying not only for the needs and concerns in our lives and the lives of those we love, but also for the world, the communities in which we live, and the church. This passage from Romans reminds me of the other faith communities which share the faith of Abraham. Both the Jewish and Islamic branches of the Abrahamic faith are experiencing acts of violence and hatred in our community and indeed throughout the country and the world. As an act of Christian practice, let us pray for those who share the faith of Abraham.
Dear God, you who give life to the dead and call into existence things that do not exist, we pray for understanding and peace for our Abrahamic brothers and sisters in faith. Show us how you’d have us live in community with one another, honoring each person as one created in your image. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
-Rev. Nicole Abdnour