Wednesday, March 29, 2006


This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Cecil B. DeMille's epic, The Ten Commandments. Last Friday night we watched most of the show with our three kids, aged 9, 7 and 4. They absolutely loved it!

Growing up in a family that had no connection to Jesus or the church, I still remember watching the movie and respecting what God had done in delivering the Hebrews. I hoped my kids would have a similar experience.

My youngest woke up first on Saturday morning and as he rubbed his eyes at the bottom of the stairs his first words were, "Dad, can we watch the movie again?"

We watched the crossing of the Red Sea for the second time while we waited for the other two to wake up. By the time Moses ascended Mt. Sinai my other kids had come down and sat transfixed. A story of freedom always gets a hearing, especially where God is involved.

There are times for all of us when we feel alone, exiled, and desperate. In those times of darness we can remember Moses and give thanks "for God's loving-kindness is everlasting."

Psalm 107:5-9
They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region;
They did not find a way to an inhabited city.
They were hungry and thirsty;
Their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.
He led them also by a straight way, to an inhabited city.
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.

Jesus, you are sovereign over all and yet you call, even invite me to join in the proclamation of your sovereignty to the entire world. May my delight never be only in the proclamation, but may it be in embracing your heart, desiring to see others join in the deliverance.


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