Here’s a dramatic reflection on Genesis 15:1-18 from Roddy Hamilton. It was posted on Mucky Paws.
Stardust and Promise
(inspired by Genesis 15: 1018)
Once there was a traveller who had seen many things in his days for he was an old traveller and was settling down to retire. He had seen all he wanted to see but he was a disappointed man. Even though he had seen many lands, even though he had seen his wealth grow, he had no children and this disappointed him.
But just when he was about to slip into being a sad old man he was turned towards the night sky and God said, ‘I dare you, if you can, count the stars.’
And Abraham went silent. “I am an old man. I can hardly see the stars to count them and I am old enough as it is! How old do you think I’d be by the time I counted even a small portion of the stars?”
And God said “My childless friend, those stars have names, each a name of one of your children for you will have more children in generations to come than there are stars in the sky.”
Abraham, who had been holding his breath, breathed again, a great sign of faith. He realised he was not going to be settling down after all and from that day on, whenever night came, you could hear him counting quietly to himself.
And here we are, made of stardust and promise. Abram’s children and still counting.
~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws