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Monday, March 29, 2010

Leaving Egypt Behind

Scripture: Exodus 4:29, 31, Then Moses and Aaron went…So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord was concerned.., then they bowed low and worshipped.

Abandoned. Any time a newspaper heading includes this word we cringe. The image cuts too close. Ignored, rejected, shut out are all painful emotions we have experienced. We identify with them. But abandonment sounds so final, so forlorn.

Moses and Aaron took God’s promises to heart, and then acted upon them. They brought their people hope and the knowledge of God’s love. The people worshipped. In gratitude. In relief. In response.

When we know someone cares enough to ask after our needs and to acknowledge our lives, our spirits lift. A caress hugs us inside. Somehow the burdens we carry lighten.

How many people to-day live lives colored with a sense of abandonment? Almost every person we meet is lonely. How can I/we tell them God has heard their pain and answered their cries for help? He has answered with His love through Jesus’ cross. “I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Lord, open my heart to love and my ears to listen.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 94:14

For the Lord will not abandon His people,

Nor will He forsake His inheritance.

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