Proper 20/Ordinary 25, 2014 – Exodus 16:2-3

Monday, September 15, 2014

One theme that is thread through the lectionary this week is living in community during times of adversity.  Our passages for this week include: Exodus 16:2-15 and Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45, Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Psalm 145:1-8, Philippians 1:21-30 and Matthew 20:1-16.

Exodus 16:2-3The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.  The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Through the biblical account of this story, we know how it ends, so it is easy to be critical of the complaining Israelites for their lack of trust.  Yet I dare say that when the going gets tough and it is hard to see the end result for which we are aiming, we are often just as guilty.

Gracious God, grant us patience and courage to follow your will even when doing so is difficult.  Amen.

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