The three men said to Abraham, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.” –Genesis 18.9-15
- Have you ever been promised something you just couldn’t believe? Did it happen the way they told you it would?
- What do you understand about your life now that’s different from what you would’ve understood five years ago? Ten years ago?
- Why do you think Sarah repeats the physical limitations of her body to herself?
- Why do you think Sarah denies her laughter at the idea of having children at her age?
For change to happen you have to believe some promises. None of us always get the assurance we hope for when life brings us to a crossroads; there are no guarantees. But who are the voices we listen to? What are the promises that ultimately matter? How do we know and understand ourselves in order for a promise to be a possibility? Join us Sunday night at 6 pm on Zoom (Download Bulletin) as we wrestle with these questions while listening for the promise and the possibility that laughter may be joyful.