A reflection by Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo.
Scripture: Genesis 12:1 (NRSV)Now the Lord said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.'
Reflection:I have never been a regular talk show aficionado, but I remember my excitement the first time that I heard Oprah utter the magical words, "you get one, you get one, — you alllllll get one!" on her Annual List of Favorite Things. The excitement in the audience was palpable, even through my small 18inch television. She left no one in her audience out of the equation; each person was able to say to their friends, "yes! Even me... I got one too!"
Everyone was welcome to a gift, a present, hand selected by Oprah herself. Imagine the anticipation mounting... for a gift from Oprah.
As I read about Abram's gift, his endowment, his blessing that comes from GOD, all I picture is each of his descendants in all of their authentic, dynamic, awesome differences. And according to the scripture, Abram was told that his name would be great so that he would be a blessing: blessed to be blessed. His descendants would be many, and today we sing: "Father Abraham had many son's (and daughter's and children), how many son's (and daughter's and children) had Father Abraham, and I am one of them and so are you!" And each of the descendants, regardless of their differences — and maybe because of — was and is welcome and blessed by God. God's gift leaves no room for exclusivity; color, nationality, sexual orientation, parental status, immigration status... all are blessed EQUALLY!
And I imagine God in heaven and on earth saying to each of us again and again, "you get a blessing, and you get a blessing — you all get a blessing!" Thanks be to God.
Prayer:Thank you God for who we are, for whose we are. For where we sit and whose we are. For what we have is an over pouring of your abundant blessings: I got a gift, and they got a gift, we all got gifts... Thanks be to You! Amen and amen.
Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo serves as local church co-pastor at Manantial de Gracia in West Hartford, CT and as Project Coordinator of UCC's Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida in the national setting of the church. www.ucc.org/bienvenida FB/Twitter: @UCCBienvenida
March 08, 2017