Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.
Genesis 11: 31

READING: Genesis 11: 31–32

After Terah, Abram’s father, died in Haran, the whole family stayed in that  city and eventually settled down there. What kind of a place was it? 

Archaeology tells us that it was a great and important city. It’s name meant  “crossroads” in one of the ancient languages; as such, it was the city that  connected east and west. The attraction of the city for Abram was surely  that it appeared to offer safety and security for him and his family. Could it  be that the father of our faith got stuck? Just as we so often do? 

Abram hung around in comfortable Haran instead of pressing on to Canaan.  Yes, our all too human ‘father of faith’ had feet of clay. This should be of  some comfort to us.  


Father, thank you for the life of Abraham; that you saw fit by your  Holy Spirit to include both his low’s and high’s in the Word of God.  For my sake.