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Abram!” a Voice called.

Abram looked around. He couldn’t see anybody. Who is calling me? he wondered.

“Abram! I am the Lord, the God who made the heavens and the earth.” Abram stood very still. He held his breath. He listened very carefully. God really was speaking to him.

“I want you to leave this city of Ur,” God said. “Leave your father’s house and go to another land that I will show you.

“I will make your family into a great nation,” God continued. “I will protect you. I will bless you. And through your family, the whole earth will be blessed.”

God explained to Abram that in his family, the Saviour of the world would be born. That Saviour was Jesus, who would be born in Bethlehem many years later.

What God was asking Abram to do would not be easy. But Abram and his wife, Sarai, wanted to follow God, so they began to pack all their belongings. Abram and his servants gathered together all his sheep and other animals. Sarai and her servants prepared tents for the journey.

Abram was a wealthy man. He had large flocks of sheep and other animals. He would leave nothing behind, especially not the servants who helped take care of the animals.

So Abram and Sarai took everything they owned with them. They knew they would not return.

Abram’s nephew, Lot, decided to go with Abram and Sarai. So Lot, his family, and his servants packed all their belongings too. They gathered all their animals and prepared tents for the journey.

Lot was also a wealthy man, though probably not as rich as his uncle Abram. It would be a long, long caravan that would travel for many days before reaching the special place God had for them.

Finally the day came when everything was ready. Abram and Sarai got up very early. The servants were up too. Lot, his family, and his servants were ready. Everyone helped to load their belongings on the pack animals. The air was full of ba-a-as as the sheep milled about nervously.

At last Abram, Sarai, Lot, and all their servants started down the dusty road. It was a long, long way to the land where God wanted them to go. In fact, Abram didn’t even know exactly where they were going. But he knew that God was leading them, and that was enough. Abram and all those with him would follow God.