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WP_000939This is a catch up post for three missing days of Lenten reflections. No-one said this would be easy. The gentleman to the left typifies the kind of journey we are contemplating. He can be seen as part of Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe. So we quickly pass by the Apostle Paul and his continuing postulations of the nomad Abraham and how merely his “faith was reckoned to put him right.” (Romans 4:18-25) We travel into Psalms 120 and 121 which reveal a turn of phrase – “Faith wasn’t meant to be easy!”

Psalm 120 expresses the woes of those who yearn for peace in the midst of an alien culture of war and aggression.Psalm 121 fixes the focus on the One who guards the well-being of the faithful. “The LORD will keep your going out and coming in from this time on and forevermore.”

Think of the various contexts in which these two psalms vie for the attention of the faithful – a hospital cancer ward, a refugee camp on the borders of Syria, a worker receiving a redundancy package…

Yeah, these circumstances call for the muscular faith of Abraham…

 

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