Thursday, February 11, 2016

Daily Devotion for Day 2 of Lent 2016

Scripture Reading: Exodus 2 (NRSV)

The first of today's stories is the more well-known.  The parents of Moses were of the tribe of Levi which signified that they could be priests among the Hebrew people.

Br'er Rabbit stories showed that
he survived by outwitting Br'er Fox
and Br'er Bear who had more power.
They were told by American slaves
who needed their wits to overcome
the cruelty of their masters.
This is a Br'er Rabbit story in that it is about a subjugated people that tricked their way into success.  Moses is actually raised as an Egyptian with all the privilege that brought.  Yet he is also a Hebrew and still feels kinship with his people.

After killing the Egyptian, Moses flees to Midian where he lives in exile for years.  This mirrors what his own people will endure centuries later in Babylon.

Moses seems to establish a life away from his people.  He gets married and they have a son together.  But he seems to never forget his roots.  He even names his son as a play on words that is a reminder that he is not truly home.

These stories of Moses remind us that God is continually at work in our lives in a variety of ways.  Sometimes it is behind the scenes. Sometimes we run away from our calling but it never really leaves us.

Is there a conflict from which you have run?

Is there something you need to resolve that will give you peace?

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