Journey to Freedom: Losing Hope Along the Way
Sunday, October 15 – 10:00am
The grumbling continues! Last week’s scripture included complaints when there was a shortage of food. This week the grumbling is about a shortage of water: Why did you bring us out of Egypt to kill us? And they asked themselves Is the Lord really with us or not?
Exodus 17:1-7 Common English Bible
The whole Israelite community broke camp and set out from the Sin desert to continue their journey, as the Lord commanded. They set up their camp at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people argued with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”
Moses said to them, “Why are you arguing with me? Why are you testing the Lord?”
But the people were very thirsty for water there, and they complained to Moses, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?”
So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What should I do with this people? They are getting ready to stone me.”
The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of Israel’s elders with you. Take in your hand the shepherd’s rod that you used to strike the Nile River, and go. I’ll be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Hit the rock. Water will come out of it, and the people will be able to drink.” Moses did so while Israel’s elders watched. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites argued with and tested the Lord, asking, “Is the Lord really with us or not?”
Do you ever find yourself losing hope that you, and we, are on the way to the Promised Land? Is God really at work in your life individually, and our life as a community? Do you need constant reassurance and reminders of God’s loving support? Do you find yourself wanting to blame community leaders when you fear that you are heading in the wrong direction? How do you find reassurance that God is always walking with you?
In response to the fires in Santa Rosa, and elsewhere in the state, our Bishop and Annual Conference are creating a fund to help communities directly through local United Methodist Churches in the area. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please write FIRES in the memo line on a check and put it in the offering plate on Sunday. All money collected will be sent directly to the Conference.
Prayers please for:
Allen Family, Ginny Baldauf, Hamm Family, Isabelle Duncan, Joseph Lappia, Nancy Lawman, Vivian Noble, Pat Rush, Marlene Schmitz, Barbara Schroeder, Ava Watkins, Irene & Ken Walela, Wendy Slater