December 9: The Burning Bush

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Exodus 3:1-14 Today’s symbol is the burning bush. God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and promised to save his people. I wonder what it was like to see that bush, wreathed in dancing flames but still itself? Can I see anything about God in that picture? I wonder why Moses was afraid to look at God? I wonder what about the sight of the bush, or the words God spoke, made him turn his face away? I wonder if God’s people felt like God had forgotten them, trapped as slaves in Egypt? I wonder if they were waiting for God to come save them, or if they had given up? Does it ever feel like God has forgotten me? What do I want to say to God about that? I wonder if there is anything I want to ask God to see? Is there anyone I know who is hurting and needs God to come close? Are there any parts of me that I want God to see and come close to? I wonder if I can sit quietly for a moment with God’s name. “I AM WHO I AM.” Can I ask God to teach me who he is? God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, you are our God too. You are living, and you are the God who saves. Help us to come close to you, and to know you like Moses did. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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