Lent 2 - Year B
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Who do people say I am, Abram or Abraham? This is a moment of identity change. This is a moment of beng the same.
With or without a formal covenant, Abram received a direction to his life that he was willing to follow through fear of kings, drought, and a challenging nephew. It seems that Abraham was no more or less willing than was Abram to trust he had experienced a new call and had received the gifts to deal with it.
Whether Abram or Abraham, whether by your diminutive or formal name, we are who we are - called and gifted, blessed, anointed. It can take all our past experience to be ready for a shift. Hooray for who we have been. A new direction can help us see more in who we were than we could tell at the time. Hooray for who we are becoming.