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Editor’s note: This Lent season, Bread Blog is running a series of devotionals written by staff, alumni, and friends of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).
By Ashley Reid
from a lectio divina reflection
“And Moses said unto God, ‘Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?’” Exodus 3:11 (KJV)
Who am I that I should go? My child, my child, perhaps you are framing the question wrong. Who are you that you should NOT go? Are you not my child, my creation? You can go wherever I shall lead you. And the snares of the enemy? Those won’t last. Just as the bush was fully ablaze but never consumed by the fire, you too will walk through the wearying ways and evils of this world. I cannot guarantee you won’t be scratched, hurt, angered, or disappointed on this journey, but I can promise that under my care you won’t be consumed.
Though times may be rough and no sight of peace can be found ahead, I shall be with you. PUSH. Push forward, push through. Push knowing that every step, every fight, every cry you make on behalf of yourself and others, you make on my behalf. I am in everything and everyone. Although they may deny my way, they cannot deny my will. You have my anointing covering you, my blessing, my charge, my shield, my strength. Do not forget that.
Although the world may try to silence you, bury you, and deny your existence, you live for a higher purpose beyond this world, beyond the eyes of humankind, and beyond your imagination. You hold a higher power. Carry it, breathe it, live it.
Who are you that you should go? You are mine and I shall be with you.
Ashley Reid is a master of divinity student at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
You hold a higher power. Carry it, breathe it, live it.
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