I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
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The geography of the people of God is littered with names of places that were named for whatever noteworthy event occurred there. Sometimes it was a site of God's blessing, but more often than not it was a site of struggle. Even in our own country our cities and towns have stone and bronze bootprints of battlefields and statues and memory of sons and daughters lost. Each struggle is engraved with the purpose of remembering. At Massah and Meribah, the Lord provided water for his people in the wilderness. But what Moses wanted the people to remember was how they doubted and complained to God. The place was named "Complaint" instead of "God provides." Sometimes I do believe we have to walk through the desert once in a while, howl at the moon and shake our fist at God before we understand and remember why we are here and what it means to be God's people.
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May we remember love and make it present. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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