Moses looked and the bush was blazing; yet it was not consumed . . . Then he heard God say: “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”Exodus, Chapter 3
The bush that burns yet is not consumed. Now that will get your attention! When “everything’s going my way,” you don’t see the burning bush. As Cynthia Bourgeault says in Wisdom Jesus, “The mature and subtle flavors of love— steadfastness, tenderness, commitment, forbearance, fidelity, and forgiveness—have no real context in a realm where there are no edges and boundaries, where all just flows. It is not until you run up against a hard edge and have to stand true to love anyway, that the most precious taste of pure divine love emerges.”
Those hard edges, those changes, those transitions are Holy Ground says the author of Exodus. They are a purifying fire that burns without being consumed, a beacon calling us onward in the journey to a deeper experience of flourishing. “Fear not,” said Moses as he leads his people to the starting gate of this journey. “Stand firm, and see the salvation (wholeness) of the Lord which will work for you today!”
This Sunday we access ancient inner Wisdom through the Exodus story, a story says Unity author Robert Brumet, that tells how a ragtag, nomadic tribe of “refugees from Egypt was transformed into a nation with an identity, a covenant, and a mission.” Whatever transition you are facing now, do you think it would be more easily traversed with a clear sense of identity, covenant, and mission? If you are not clear exactly what those terms mean, do you have a sense that they point to a fruitful path? This is where it gets really good, friends! Even if you are not reading along in our study of Finding Yourself in Transition, join us! The ancient story of the Exodus from Egypt and the eternal truths it reveals stand on their own. Bring a pencil, paper, and something to write on during our service, and buckle your seatbelts, because we are leaving Egypt!
Bring a pencil, paper, and something
to write on during our service this Sunday.
Reflection Questions for the week.
|This week we are reading Chapter 5 in Finding Yourself in Transition. If you are not reading along, no worries. Join us anyway! Each lesson is a stand-alone lesson!|
|The Exodus story highlights two aspects of our inner life, represented by Pharaoh and Moses. Per Robert Brumet: Pharaoh is the ruler of this world; he symbolizes the personal ego, the self separated from an awareness of the Lord of our being. He rules with the ever-present fear that stems from the sense of separation from our true nature. Often, it’s only after we are plagued by great suffering that we are willing to surrender to the voice of the Lord speaking to us. Only after suffering immense hardship did Pharaoh agree to let the Israelites go, and even then he changed his mind! Moses‘ birth story follows the motif of the “divine child” archetype found in many stories. Metaphysically, the birth of the divine child is the birth of the fresh, innocent, creative expression of the “real Self” of each of us. This child always brings the promise of a new life and tends to appear in advance of a transformation in the psyche. Yet even this child can become identified with the personal self and feel inadequate to the task of transformation.|
Questions: When you consider the changes you face, can you see you have both an inner Pharaoh and an inner Moses? How have these two aspects of yourself played out during this time of change?