Sometimes I wonder, Where are you today, God? Do you not see what is going on here in this world? People are suffering! The earth is groaning in pain! Are you there? Are you listening? We see in the scriptures that these wonderings are not new. Our spiritual ancestors, the Israelite people, demanded of God, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us . . . with thirst?” (Exod. 17:3). Whether our deserts are personal or corporate, lament can be the prayer language to help us on our journey through the wilderness.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?”
—Exodus 17:2-3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, help me walk through the wilderness of these days remembering who I am and whose I am. Amen.
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