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July 4

Exodus 2, 1 – 4

Something to read

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

Something to think about

The story of the Exodus starts with the act of a desperate woman doing her utmost to save her baby. What cost to this woman? What choice did she have? We know the outcome but she did not.

Never forget when reading the Bible that we do so from our side of the Cross and the Resurrection. This is never the case for those who were living the story.  

This desperate woman puts her child’s life at enormous risk. What risks do we take with our lives? Dare we trust God as much as this woman did?

Something to do

With a friend or with a child, play the trust game when you ask someone to close their eyes and fall backwards into your arms. Please catch them! If possible, swap and become the person being caught. Make sure there are cushions on the floor in case this doesn’t work out as planned! You trust that person to catch you, and they trust you to catch them. Remember that you can always place your trust in God.

Something to pray

One night I had a dream...
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of my life flashed before us,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
'Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.'
The Lord replied, 'My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.'

Today’s contributors are the Rev Michael Jackson, a retired URC minister, and his son Andy Jackson, Digital Content Manager for Christian Aid.


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