Daily reading: Exodus 12:1-13, 13:1-8
Monday October 3, 2016

Focus passage: “This month will be the first month; it will be the first month of the year for you.” Exodus 12:2

Our passage for today is the foundational story in the Hebrew Scriptures, it is a story that is repeated throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and it is the basis for the annual Passover celebration.  It is a celebration story about our God who delivers us from slavery to freedom, from death to life and how to move forward trusting in God’s economy as a community.

It is such a pivotal story that God tells the people that this event, this Exodus from slavery will radically change their lives.  Even down to their calendars, this month God says will be the beginning of your annual calendar.  You begin your year by remembering this monumental event when your prayers were answered and you were delivered to freedom.
All orientation down to the marking of time begins with this moment of liberation and freedom.

We value our time.  We often say in dismay that our time has been wasted if someone or something is taking too long.  Time is a precious commodity.  As a parent of growing children, there are times when I want to be able to freeze a moment and then I realize how selfish and unhealthy that is, to desire to stop growth.

We live by our calendars and wonder when we might be able to squeeze a little more time into them.  How radical it is that God begins this journey to freedom with the concept of time. 

Prayer:  Faithful God, you lead us into an unknown future, help me to let go of the things, attitudes, assumptions and habits that are keeping me from living joyfully in the future.  Amen.


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