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Grief and heading home

Dear Friends,
As we have been journeying through Genesis we see that Abraham is a man of great faith who was tested in Genesis 22 and trusted God. He passed the test but now in Genesis 23 he faces another great trial which is the death of his beloved wife. They had been married for over 100 years. Following God doesn’t mean that you are protected from facing grief. The death of a loved one is difficult and it is a reminder that things are not right in this world because death came into the world as a the result of sin - Genesis 1-3. However we can find God’s strength in the midst of problems and trials. In 4 we are reminded that Abraham is a sojourner and foreigner. This picture is taken up in Hebrews 11:9-10 when we are told that Abraham was looking forward to the city whose architect and builder is God. He know that even with the promise of land Canaan was not his real home. This truth and reality keeps us going when life is hard because we realise that this world cannot deliver all that we need. We look to Jesus for His grace and help to strengthen us on the journey. Understanding this eternal perspective gives us a right and healthy perspective about the issues we face in life. But we do see that Abraham bought the land to bury his wife Sarah. It was as if he is getting the downpayment of the promise of land. He now has a “footprint” in the land and so we are seeking God’s promises coming to fruition. The unfolding of God’s promises is a slow process and so that means we need to be patient and trust the Lord. As we face trials we are not alone because we have God’s people the church to encourage us and we have the wonderful promise of God that in the midst of various difficulties and trials His good purposes will be achieved - Romans 8:28. At the 5pm service we look at 1 John 3:19-24 and 4:13-18. God wants us to have confidence in our faith so we can approach God boldly and pray boldly. We can have confidence because we have believed in Jesus 3:23, 4:15 and He dwells in us through the Holy Spirit and His Spirit produces an assurance and a new power to love people. God’s Blessing David O’Mara