The Track Record!!!

Exodus 6:1-13 NRSV 1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh: Indeed, by a mighty hand he will let them go; by a mighty hand he will drive them out of his land.” 2God also spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD. 3I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name ‘The LORD’ I did not make myself known to them. 4I also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they resided as aliens. 5I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. 6Say therefore to the Israelites, ‘I am the LORD, and I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians and deliver you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has freed you from the burdens of the Egyptians. 8I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.’” 9Moses told this to the Israelites; but they would not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel slavery. 10Then the LORD spoke to Moses, 11“Go and tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his land.” 12But Moses spoke to the LORD, “The Israelites have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me, poor speaker that I am?” 13Thus the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, and gave them orders regarding the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, charging them to free the Israelites from the land of Egypt.

It is clear that God wants Moses to understand his track record before considering the task at hand. “I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty.” This statement is one God reminds him of on a few occasions. Partly because there is a promise that has to be fulfilled, and I would also suggest that God wants Moses to clearly understand what God is capable of doing for him and for the people of Isarael. In a sense, God is saying to Moses, I have provided a way for those before you, and I am capable of providing a way for you even now.   So just go forth and do as I say, and everything will work out for your good.

I believe what God said to Moses then, is even more relevant now. Look at my track record people. “I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty.” You have witnessed the  people delivered from the hand of pharaoh, and so much more has been accomplished since then. The track record is clean and profound. So as we go out into this season to challenge systems and institutions, please know that I AM goes with you. We should understand that with God all things are really possible. So let us not fear the task at hand, and let us be swift to aid in the deliverance of a society that is burden by a weight that has forever appeared to be unbearable.

“I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty.” Now go forth and be great!!!!!


No Shoe Policy

“Acts 7:30-34 NRSV 30“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the fflame of a burning bush. 31When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord: 32‘I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look. 33Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt”

So, not too long ago we moved into our new town home. Initially we agreed that we were going to live by the “No Shoe Policy.” We would come into our house, remove our shoes, and then walk across the carpet. My wife had a decent plan for the guest also. She wanted to sit a box of socks at the door, for those who would visit us and would not be wearing any. This sounded like a pretty decent task to live by as we started our journey together in our new home. I mean we were disciples to the rule initially. Each day we would come home from work, remove our shoes, throw on some crocs, and then go about our business. We didn’t have too many visitors for awhile, so it wasn’t difficult trying to get other people to follow our number one house rule.

I was starting to almost get the hang of this. The carpet remained clean. I didn’t have to vacuum as often as I have had to in the past. And in a sense, the cleanliness of the carpet, appeared to be the dominating factor that forced us to keep the rest of the house clean. Really! If anything got close to touching the floor, we were on it with an urgency; to prevent the stains from making a resting place in the carpet fibers. To be honest, its spot free look allowed me to feel more at ease about the overall home environment.

All of this sounds good. However, there was this  consistent agent that was always at play, in which caused us to rethink this whole idea of the “No Shoe Policy.” It was something that was a major force and we couldn’t seem to get rid of it or cause it to understand the importance of keeping the floor spot-free. Yes, it was our young daughter Amaris, who was only 10 months at the time we moved in. What were we thinking? How could we have envisioned a spot free carpet with a young toddler using it as her domain? Silly, right? Exactly!!!!

When this little girl’s feet touches the floor, it’s 100MPH until it is time for her head to hit the pillow. She brings all of the filthy, nasty, inappropriate, noise making, chaotic behaviors she has acquired outside of the home at daycare into our place of comfort. A place that was once so peaceful and pleasant. What ever is on her feet she tracks in. What she puts in her hands it ends up on the floor. Then what touches the floor she smears. Our dwelling place, a place that was once so squeaky clean, has now become her haven to conquer. And because the “No Shoe Policy” is now out of the window, we have adapted the same behavior. We track what we bring from the outside and we could care less if we rapidly cleaned up anything that hits the floor.

What ever happen to the safe space we lived in? It was a welcoming place, a calming space. It was a space we could come to at the end of our workdays filled with distress, and find peace. A sense of peace that was consistent; partly due to the clean nature we strived to maintain. Now that peace comes and goes. That peace is consumed by all of the filth brought in from the outside. That peace has surpassed, because our daughter wants this space to be a place that reminds her of the destruction she just left at daycare. And daily we are reminded of this by the spots and stains on the floor, the marks on the wall, the dried up crumb hidden in the crevices of the couch and chairs, and the toys you find randomly in place they should not be. This is no longer “Holy Ground.”

So then Moses, “Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Hmmmmmmmmm, interesting that God would ask this of Moses. Is it not? I wonder why…………………………



Repairing The Breech!!!!

Isaiah 58:6-12 NIV

“6 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? 8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. 11The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. 12Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.”

Is this not the fast that I choose…………

What did you give up for Lent? Often times I have had heard this question asked, and the answers remain consistent. “Im not eating fried foods…….I am giving up desserts……..I am giving up Facebook…….I am not eating junk food………I am not watching any reality shows.” Really? Hilarious!!! I will have to admit, like most of you, many of these things I have tried to accomplished and failed at. So I enter this Lenten Season with a different focus. Not because I have failed at it so any times before, but I have a desire to see change happen outside of myself. Many of us enter seasons of fast with a singular focus. What is it that I need to hear from God as it pertains to ME? Have you ever thought about attempting to hear from God as it pertains to the work that God has called you to? Interesting!!! I am not suggesting that you should lose sight of the ways you can better yourself. I only desire to cause you to think about how you can better those around you.

Look outside of oneself and consider trying to impact change on the community that surrounds you. What is the current condition of those among you? What is the current condition of the World in general? Can you impact change? Can you aid in loosing the bonds of injustice? Can you help provide food to those who hunger, provide shelter to those who need it, and provide clothing for the naked?

Let us commit to taking a closer step each day to fulfilling the call to The Gospel. If we can do this, I am sure we will be able to leave this Lenten Season refreshed and more aware of what God is calling “Us” to in this day in time.

That’s not deep!!!!!!!