A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

Exodus 3:1-15

The Lord said, “I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt….So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.” (Exodus 3:7-12)

Lent is another time in our lives as Christians in which we focus on preparation for Jesus’ death and resurrection, and our own shortcomings and, perhaps even our strength. God helps us prepare for the next step in our lives, the next set of challenges. God provided tools of the spirit and companions and prayer partners to assist in the journey. We recognize our limitations, but are called to trust in God again and move forward.

“Who am I Lord?” to have seen what I have seen and yet to be given such awesome responsibility.

During African American History Month, we remember those who lived into the awesome responsibilities that God has given them. Harriet Tubman and all of those African Americans and whites that helped thousands travel north from the system of slavery in the South to freedom in the North. Women and men of the Under-ground Railroad believed that God had not placed them on this earth to live lives of hatred, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse.

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“Let My People Go” Paul Robeson

They understood God’s requirement of Moses to “tell Pharaoh to let my people go.” And so, guided by God’s hand thousands were led to freedom to begin lives with their heads held high. Blacks in greater numbers came to understand new challenges in this new land. And to remember God as the great I am.

In today’s world our command to free God’s people doesn’t seem quite as daunting, except when we consider freeing those who are hungry, or live on the streets, or were wrongly incarcerated, or who are the “other” among us. Then, of course, it’s a bit more personally challenging. And then this time of reflection is much more warranted. How can I step out and do what God has asked of me? How can I use this Lenten period to prepare for that next major challenge?

 

PRAYER

Dear Lord. There is such need in this world of ours. You ask me to step out of my comfort zone and do more—to help somebody today. But it’s frightening. And by whose authority really am I working. Help me to remember that you have given me all the tools I need to do your work, Lord. And that like Moses I can because you are.

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