God Provides Manna
On Sunday, October 8th Our scripture was from Exodus 16:1-18. The Isrealites and the desert. And God providing manna.
I was not in worship to hear the message that Sam Campeau, Executive Director at Luther Point Bible Camp, shared with the congregation. But I do have the sermon notes that were taken and would like to talk about and share some of the questions that came up.
One of the questions on the sermon notes is: Question I would like to ask Pastor. One of those questions was; How has God provided for you. What a thought provoking question. I want to pose it to all who are reading this blog. What are ways that God has provided for you? Times you realized God was providing. Or maybe times where you felt that God was not providing.
If we look at the Apostles Creed, the first article, Martin Luther's explanation reminds that everything we have is God's. Therefore God provides everything. If we remember to trust in that and think in that way, everything we have God provides.
That is the easy, church answer. Easy to say, not always as easy to do.
To dig deeper, I started thinking over my life and times that I felt God's providing. One in particular was when I was on internship and my supervisor's daughter died suddenly. It was a tragedy for their family, but also for the congregation (as my supervisor, their pastor had been there for 10+years).
For me personally it was difficult, because I was an intern, a baby baby pastor, and all of a sudden I am being called to lead this congregation through their grief. And I remember vividly the people that were placed around me, that held me in prayer, gave me words of encouragement. I remember the ways in which God spoke the upcoming sermons through country music artists. God provided in that time and it was Holy.
That being said, I can think of times when I did not think God was providing, at least not in the way that I wanted. I remember when my husband and I were first married and we were going through some difficult times, I felt that God was not providing for us, at least not in the way I wanted God to provide.
Of course, in hind sight, things always look a bit clearer. And I can see how those difficult times brought my husband and I closer together because we trusted that God would see us through even if we didn't understand the way we were being led. And we learned valuable lessons that still lead and guide us today.
So how has God provided for you? Another question is how has God called you to provide for others?
I look forward to the journey and our conversation together.
God's Name Is Revealed
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before
Abraham was, I am.”
This past Sunday in worship we talked about the story of Moses, when God revealed God’s self as the I Am. We talked about how God came to Moses to be a leader and Moses tried to tell God that he wasn’t qualified.
How often do we feel inadequate? Like we don’t have anything to offer? I was thinking of this as I woke to the news of another tragedy. What can I possible do? How can I make a difference? But that is what we are called to do, we are called to be the difference. Jesus gave us the greatest command. We are to love one another (John 13:34-35). We are called to reflect God’s love, to reflect the I Am in the world. We do not do that alone, just as Moses was not alone.
“But I don’t live anywhere near the tragedy”. “I don’t have much to give”. Then let’s think outside the box. Jesus calls us to live out love where we are. So what are ways we can respond in our community? Maybe we take time to let our First Responders know how much we appreciate what they do for our community. We could take time to volunteer in the life of a child. We could donate blood, or decide to register with be the Match. We could see those who are in need and overlooked in our community and find ways to let them know they are seen, they are important. The list goes on.
The best way to act in the face of tragedy and evil is with a movement of love. Not love the ones we find easy to love, we will do that regardless. But to love those we don't see, those we don't think of, those who are not like us. May the Spirit move us to shine God’s light and fill our community with Love.
What ways have you seen I Am active in the world? What ways have you been inspired to reflect the I Am in the world? What or where are areas of the world, of life around you that you pray the I Am, the love of God would shine.
Blessings and Peace as we Journey