Bringing the Text to Life

El Shaddai Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

El Shaddai

God's promise means we can trust that what God intends will, in fact, come to pass.

At a Glance

We begin with the idea of promises and guarantees and what lasts and what doesn't. What would the world be like if there were no concept of binding promises and agreements? We then move to the Genesis text in which we read about the promise, or covenant, God makes with Abram and Sarai. We learn that God is One who keeps covenants.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Creative Insecurity," March 16, 2003, at

Some things are considerably more lasting than others. One married couple realized when they celebrated their 10th anniversary that their marriage had lasted longer than almost everything involved with the actual wedding. The bridal store had gone out of business. The bakery went bankrupt. The florist and the church janitor had both died. And the pastor who performed the ceremony had left the ministry.

Some promises don't seem to last very long either. In fact, these days, even legal contracts (which are really...

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