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Penitent Hearts, Steadfast Faith
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The beginning of the story of Abram becoming Abraham, and a woman beyond the age of bearing children becoming pregnant is nothing short of amazing; that God would be so generous, and man would be so accepting of the relationship offered him by God. This example is written in the book of Genesis. While it appears to be a singular event, I think it is a description of the way God can and does enter into a union with any who seek His presence in their lives. It takes great patience, willing commitment and enormous faith. God is a willing partner: our job is the faithful and patient part. 

The Psalmist reiterates all that saying, “O tarry and await the Lord’s pleasure; be strong and he will comfort your heart; wait patiently for the Lord.”

Willingness to enter into a relationship with God is the key. It requires a commitment from us that is rock solid. Some can make such a bond, but it takes work and dedication to keep it strong. Paul admonishes the Christian people of Philippi to be strong in their faith. He cites those who have lost their way and, “…their end is destruction; their god is their belly and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things.” Further on he tells us, “…stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.”  

Luke in writing his gospel brings up the commitment of Jesus to the work, the job God the Father has given him to do. He is on a time line, and has things to do which will prove to those who he touches that he truly is the Son of God. But there are interruptions. This story tells that some Pharisees have come to warn him. “Get away from here for Herod wants to kill you.” They and Herod do not want him coming into Jerusalem. Herod would kill anyone who might be a pretender to his titular throne. 

Jesus responds in a very succinct manor, saying, “Go and tell that fox for me, Listen I am casting out demons and performing cures today, and on the third day I finish my work.

His work was his promise to do the will of the Father; to go to his death on the cross for all mankind; and with steadfast faith he continued his ministry. He healed and cured and loved all kinds of people as he journeyed toward a place called Golgotha. “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”  Amen, amen

The Rev. George O. Martin is an Ordained Deacon at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 17th and Adams, Great Bend. Send email to