The reading today references Abraham and his step of faith in moving forward with sacrificing his son at God’s request. God provided an alternative at the last minute, but Abraham’s faith endured the test. God said to him ‘Because you have trusted me through this great trial, I will trust you, and you will forever be ‘my friend’. (Isaiah 41:8) Think about what God does with our steps of faith. It makes me think of friends and family who right now are stepping out in faith, uncertain of what is coming, but trusting for God’s provision. They will be able to proclaim in triumph (that God is indeed faithful) after the provision has been received.