Narrative Lectionary Daily Devotions written by Kace Leetch from Clergy Stuff.
Terror and excitement. These are what come to mind when I think of Rebekah's decision. One day she's gathering water, and the next day she's being whisked off to a new land with people she doesn't know to marry a man she's never met. What an adventurous spirit!
Every year at Christmas I gather letters from friends and family describing their year's adventures. I take down last year's photos, and I hang all of this year's Christmas photos in their place. Then I spend time really looking at the pics. I think about what kind of year I've had. I wonder what kind of year I will have coming up. I wonder, when I look at next year's photos looking back over the year, what will have happened? What adventures will I have embarked upon? What new places, experiences, and people will I have encountered? It's a great time for me to consider what kinds of new adventures I might want to pursue, and what steps might I take to move in that direction.
We are still only in September, but already I have had a year full of new places, experiences and people. I can't wait to reflect on the year in December, and to dream about the adventures I have waiting for me in 2018!
Narrative Lectionary Text: Genesis 24:50-67
Then Laban and Bethuel answered, “The thing comes from the Lord; we cannot speak to you anything bad or good. Look, Rebekah is before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken.” When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the Lord. And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments.
Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they rose in the morning, he said, “Send me back to my master.” Her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.” But he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the Lord has made my journey successful; let me go that I may go to my master.” They said, “We will call the girl, and ask her.” And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.” So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.” Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.