Reflection for week beginning
Sunday 22nd October.

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The Lord appeared to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre while he sat at the entrance of his tent in the day’s heat. 2 He looked up and suddenly saw three men standing near him. Genesis 18:1 & 2

We are told that God appeared to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre and sat for awhile, while Sarah hid in the tent and listened from afar.

We know quite a bit about Abraham's life story, but not much about Sarah and yet the blessings that God promised for the families of our world was only made possible through both Abraham and Sarah. Without Sarah, his wife, it is unlikely that there would have been blessings from Abraham at all.

They had no idea where they were going, yet Sarah agreed to follow Abraham, she put all her trust in his God. Years passed and there wasn’t the least sign of a child, these descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. So, Sarah’s hope diminished as her disgrace at being childless grew.

While sitting with Abraham, God enquired about Sarah by name. And when she overheard the news about the expected child, she laughed to herself and God heard her inner thoughts. God went to her, as she tried to conceal the laugh, but God drew the laughter out of Sarah. God had not forgotten her, and through the years of disappointment and frustration God remained with her.

Sarah laughed - in the end.
And so did God. God made Sarah laugh… God drew the laughter out of her. And the child was named “laughter” — Isaac is Hebrew for laughter.
I know that God often laughs, and will draw out laughter from us, in our lives, too, no matter what it may look and feel like at the moment. And so friends, I pray that we hear and feel the laughter as God draws it out of us.

Revd. Mark Robinson

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