TODAY'S THEME: CROSSING OUR OWN RED SEA
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"The Parting of the Red Sea," by Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Moshe answered the people, "Stop being so
fearful! Remain steady, and you will see how
Adonai is going to save you. He will do it today --
today you have seen the Egyptians, but you will
never see them again! Adonai will do battle for you...

Moshe reached his hand out over the sea, and Adonai
caused the sea to go back before a strong east wind all
night. He made the sea become dry land, and its water
was divided in two. Then the people of Isra'el went into
the sea on the dry ground, with the water walled up for
them on their right and their left.

The Egyptians continued their pursuit, going after them
into the sea -- all Pharaoh's horses, chariots and cavalry.
Just before dawn, Adonai looked out on the Egyptian army
through the column of of fire and cloud and threw them
into a panic. He caused the wheels of their chariots to
break off, so that they could move only with difficulty. The
Egyptians said, "Adonai is fighting for Isra'el against the
Egyptians! Let's get away from them!"

Adonai said to Moshe, "Reach out your hand out over
the sea, and the water will return and cover the Egyptians
with their chariots and cavalry." Moshe reached his hand
out over the sea, and by dawn the sea had returned to its
former depth. The Egyptians tried to flee, but Adonai
swept them into the seas...But the people of Isra'el
walked on dry ground in the sea, with the water walled
up for them on their right and on their left.

Exodus 14: 13, 21-29
Complete Jewish Bible
Translation by David H. Stern
Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., 1998


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When I wail and weep,
I think of you who saw the Red Sea part.

I say to myself, "Take heart."

My wilderness is not as long nor hard,
nor are my miracles as great;
but the solution is the same.

Thank you, O Chosen Ones,
for the steps you took---

Our God is the same.

Lenda Honegger
Christian Science poet



"Saving Grace," by Ann Walker

When Summoned to Proceed

Standing on the brink of a Red Sea
(yet to be once more miracled apart)
how the flesh shrinks, how the breath's drawn in.

For why leave? Why step out from
this solid shore, this inexorable halt
where all that befalls (however cruel) at least will come
in a known form, from a recognized source?

The waters stretch, drown-deep, ahead.
Nothing can be seen across the heave of them.
No Promised Land:
no glades, no groves
no vineyards sweet

with their ripening fruits, or fields gleaming
from afar with corn...

One stares out, breath caught in throat.

"Nothing is there! Nothing at all!"

Only when the trembling foot is set
in the very break of surf on shore
do the waves rear back, like jasper walls!

And a whole great enterprise comes clear.

Doris Peel
Christian Science writer, poet


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When God is about to do something great, He starts with
a difficult. When he is about to do something truly
magnificent, He starts with an impossibility.

Armin Gesswein (1907-2001)
Lutheran pastor, evangelical leader




Throughout all generations
we will render thanks unto Thee
And declare Thy praise,
Evening, morning, and noon,
For our lives which are in Thy care,
For our souls which are in Thy keeping
For thy miracles which we witness daily,
And for Thy wondrous deeds
and blessings toward us at all times.


Jewish Prayer

 


And now, the Last Word:


I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Influential Catholic monk and writer




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus quote:

The Bible is a harp with a thousand strings...
Play on all of them, keeping them in their places in the
divine scale, and you will hear heavenly music all the time.

William P. White


 


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