Six weeks into the wilderness, the Israelites missed all that life back in Egypt. They weren’t stoic about it, either. They complained bitterly to Moses and Aaron (the closest they had to clergy) about their raw deal. If God meant to kill them, why not do it back in Egypt, after a big bowl of stew and all the [bread] they could eat? Even condemned prisoners got a last meal.
God responded by raining bread from heaven—one kind, not the kind the people had in mind, but bread all the same.
—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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The Israelites said to [Moses and Aaron], “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate our fill of bread, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
—Exodus 16:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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