A word and a calling

1 Sam. 3:1-20; John 1:43-51

Recently I watched a PBS series on the Book of Genesis with a dozen older women at a retirement home. The segment dealt with Abram’s call, how the Lord said to Abram, "Go," and he went. We heard Lewis Smedes wonder aloud whether a tape recorder would have picked up a real "voice" of the Lord back then. Afterward, I asked the women if they felt Abram had heard a clearer voice when the Lord spoke to him than what we might hear today. They were hesitant to speak about it. Finally one woman tentatively offered the experience of her husband, a retired pastor afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. "If you ask him who he is, he says he’s a pastor. When I say, ‘Where’s your congregation?’ sometimes he looks at me blankly, but other times he makes a sweeping gesture with his arm, as though taking in the entire world."


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