Sunday, April 7, 2019
“And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.” [Exodus 32:14]
Our relationship with God has agency. Moses implored the Lord his God, saying, “Remember.” “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them, by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit forever.’” “Remember,” said Moses and God did. God was moved. God’s mind was changed. God chose not to bring the disaster upon the people that anger had planned. How might remembering our promises help us in the heat of the moment? In the heat of a marital dispute, how might remembering our vows lower the temperature? In the face of injustice that angers our soul, how might remembering that we are to love our enemies regulate our actions? Remembering whose we are and who we are called to be may change our minds in the heat of the moment, just as it did for God.
Holy One, I stand in awe of our relationship. I do not know if I have changed your mind, but I trust that you weigh my thoughts as you did with Moses. In the heat of my own anger, help me to remember that I am your beloved child and that you call me to the standard of love. Amen.