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Shine On!

October 9, 2016

 

Exodus 34: 29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

May the light of Christ lead, guide and direct your life each and every day.

 

Ever had one of those days?  Week? Month? Year? Life? Election cycle? Yeah, me too. 

 

There are certainly times when people, problems and predicaments can take a toll on your soul.  And like the battery in your cellphone, you are in need of a recharge.

 

My man Moses could identify with our plight.  The greatest of all prophets and leaders in the Old Testament, Moses was constantly worn out by the people around him, the problems of travelling through a wilderness situation and predicament of being the mediator between God and the Israelites.  In fact in an earlier story before today's lesson, Moses had encountered the people completely surrendering themselves to ignorance and arrogance when they tried to form a false idol of the true God in the form of a calf.  Moses had reached the breaking point and was ready to throw in the towel, or at least throw down the tablets of stone.

 

But hey, just a few moments later in the Sacred Story we now find Moses with his face "shining" with such brilliance and radiance the people had to turn away.  The light emanating from Moses was so bright that everyone could see it.

 

What changed? What happened to Moses? Moses had been talking with God.

 

Take the time to talk with God. Speak while God listens. Listen while God speaks.  When the world gets too much for us, which the world is too much for us, turn toward God.  Nothing is too much or too difficult for the Lord.   Speak to God. Listen to God. Share with God and let God share with you.

 

May the light of God shine in your life today so everyone else can see the radiance of God's grace and love on your face.

 

Love, Pastor G

 

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