Friday, May 1, 2020

The promise came

After Romans 4:13-25

The promise came,
not through law
or contract, but
through faith, and
the promise depended 
on faith, believing
what had been told,
what had been promised,
no matter how improbable
or ridiculous it sounded
(the wife didn’t laugh
for no reason).

From an old man
and an old woman,
a promise was fulfilled,
a temporal promise 
of the descent of kings,
a spiritual promise
of the descent of belief,
over time and geography
and eras and culture and
politics and incomes and
power, the promise
of descendants as
countless as grains 
of sand, molded and
melded into one family,
the family of Abraham.

Photograph by Tim Mossholder via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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