In the wake of Easter, I’m thinking of a conversation Old Testament scholar Dr. Dennis Kinlaw imagined happened after God promised the childless Abraham that his would be a line of descendants that would lead to the redemption of the world (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-21;21:1-7).
“You obviously aren’t from around here, Lord.”
“Oh, really? What do you mean?”
“If you were from around here, you’d know that when a man is 75 and his wife 65, there’s no chance for them to produce a child.”
But Abraham and Sara do bear a son – 24 years later, mind you. And theirs is a lineage that leads to the resurrected Christ.
It staggers the mind to contemplate a God who brings life out of barrenness, brings life even out of death. And to fix our faith on this God who makes the impossible possible keeps us hopeful no matter how dense the darkness.
Will Willimon relates that when a troubled member of his congregation came up to him in the afterglow of Easter and said, “Preacher, do you really think that I can ever get a grip on my addiction to heroin?” he almost said, “No. Almost no one ever gets that monkey off his back.”
He checked himself, though, and said, “You know, if this were about you or even the two of us working together, the answer is, ‘No. You can’t get better.’ Fortunately, though, this is about God and his determination to free you and give you the life he intends for you. Now that Jesus has been raised from the dead, there’s always hope for us.”
Warner F. Davis is Pastor of Collierville Presbyterian Church, located at 202 West Poplar Ave Warner has released a spiritual memoir titled, “Peace in a Mad Dog World: Finding Security When My Need For Control had Failed Me,” through Virtualbookworm Publishing. For more information about his book, visit warnerfrancisdavis.com. For more information about the church, call 853.4226 or go online at collpres.com.