Venturing Out in Faith
Rev. Randy Quinn
We always bring our own stories with us whenever we encounter the
scriptures. Thatís true of you and itís true of me. We bring the
experiences of our past as well as our concerns about the future. We
carry with us the questions we have about God as well as the
numerous sermons weíve heard. We also carry with us those
conversations and insights weíve gained in Bible Study or Sunday
School or small group discussions.
I donít know what your first thought is when you hear about Abram
leaving his home, but when I read this passage, I hear about moving.
Thatís because I know about moving. Iíve moved in 53 times in my
life. I know pastors have a reputation for moving a lot, but I moved
a lot more before I became a pastor than since I was ordained. In
fact, the longest Iíve lived in any one place was a parsonage Ė and
the second longest Iíve lived in one place was also a parsonage. And
believe it or not, the third longest Iíve lived in any one place is
a tie between a parsonage and the place we lived when I was in
Junior High School1.
So I read this text and I immediately connect with the idea of
leaving things behind and making a new start, of meeting new friends
and starting new routines, of getting used to new surroundings and
learning the local customs. Iíve done that many, many, times....
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