It is impossible, anymore, to read Moses’ story anyway in the innocent manner of a children’s tale. … Now, we are all witnesses to forced family separation; to the desperation of parents who would float their children across borders; and some sink, and some swim, and some are adopted by Egyptian princesses, and some find their way home; and there seems to be no rhyme or reason why one should find a fairytale ending, but almost no one lives happily ever after. Now, while black mothers describe the faith that it takes to send their sons to school or across the street; now, when anti-Semitism, the pharaoh’s plague, continues after so many centuries to kill the Hebrew children, even in a new promised land; now, we cannot pretend that the Moses basket is a pretty thing or innocent.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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One day after Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and saw their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. He looked this way and that, and seeing no one he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Prayer for the Week
God of infinite love, thank you for loving us even before we were born. Help us to realize that your family has room for each of us. Guide us to accept ourselves and others as we seek to grow closer to you. Amen.
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