Moses-Stands-at-the-Burning-Bush by Yoram Raannan

Called As We Are – Lenten Reflection (05)

 Scripture for Today: Exodus 2, 3 ,4

He cried.
He was secretive.
He murdered.
He felt guilty.
He doubted God.
He challenged God.
He needed help.

And still, God called Moses to liberate God’s people.

As God has done with Noah, Sarah, and Abraham, in today’s scripture God recruits Moses to work alongside God. However, rather than choosing someone described as blameless and righteous, this time God calls someone who is clearly flawed and undeniably human. Moreover, God explains in great detail that God will be with Moses and provide all that he needs. Still, Moses balks.

I feel you, Moses.

I rarely feel prepared, ready, or right to serve God. I see my failures and weaknesses much more clearly than the gifts and strengths God has given me. But this point of view serves no one. Focusing on my shortcomings keeps me stuck in a place of fear and doubt, and makes me reluctant to join in God’s ongoing movement of love.

Sometimes it’s easier to cultivate this fear than embrace an attitude of confidence in God. The belief that God is calling us requires our readiness and abiding trust in God. It isn’t easy to live this way. However, Moses’s story is a powerful reminder that when we trust that God has called us, we more fully understand God’s abundant love and power. We not only change the world, we change how we see ourselves.

Prayer: May I see myself in the light of God

Reflection: Where do I let doubt control my actions? What can I more fully say yes to God?

Art: “Moses Stands at the Burning Bush” by Yoram Raannan

Lenten Reflections – 2017

God has made everything suitable for its time; moreover God has put a sense of eternity into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live;  moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before God. Eccl. 3:11-14

When I was young, Lent was a competition with my high school friends to show who had the most self control. Whether giving up chocolate, sweets, meat or tv, each of us was eager to prove — and broadcast to the cafeteria table — our commitment to the spiritual fast.

However, as I have grown, I began to see Lent differently. A few years ago, instead of asking myself, “What do I want to give up?” I asked, “What will help me reconnect me to God?” With this shift, Lent has become less about promoting my super-humanness and more about remembering my human need for God and others.

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, when we place ashes on our foreheads to remind us that our lives will end, and that we must carry out our existence with the humility our mortality conveys.

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