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Be blessed like Sarah

It must have been exciting at first. Sarah's husband Abraham thought God said he would become the father of nations. But then the years passed. And Sarah didn't become pregnant.

Along the way Sarah made some mistakes and did some things she regretted. But mistakes don't disqualify people from the promises of God.

Twenty-four years passed. After all that time, Sarah still didn't know if she was included in God's promise to Abraham. Finally, a visitor told Abraham that Sarah would have a baby. She laughed. She had been unable to conceive for 24 years. She had quit menstruating. She was old. She still wanted to have a baby. But it didn't seem possible.

The story of Sarah is helpful for anyone who wonders if they are included in God's plans or not. It's helpful for anyone who has made some mistakes in life. Perhaps it will be helpful for you.

You can read about the story of Sarah in Genesis 18:9-15 and Hebrews 11:11-12.

God, thank you for your mercy for Sarah and Abraham. Thank you that you didn't give up on them when they made poor choices. Thank you for your mercy for me, and thank you that you haven't given up on me in spite of poor choices I have made. I praise you. Amen.

Reflection questions

What regrets would you like to give to God?

What hopes would you like to give to God?

What promises are you still waiting on?



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La Jolla Lutheran Church is 14 miles north of downtown San Diego. It is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. LCMC has more than 700 congregations in the United States and more than 800 worldwide. To find an LCMC congregation near you, visit

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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