A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, August 27, 2020
After a long time the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under their slavery, and cried out. Out of the slavery their cry for help rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Exodus 2:23-24)
Go Ahead and Groan
Here’s the good news for today:
It’s ok to groan.
And that’s a good think
Because we have plenty to groan about
As did the Israelites along ago.
If you remember the story,
Here’s how Israelites ended up in Egypt in the first place:
A great famine struck the land
And Egypt was one of the few places
With enough food stored up
To help people survive their hunger.
Food which had been stored up
In no small part thanks to Joseph,
The favorite son of Jacob
Who’d been sold into slavery
By his jealous brothers.
There in Egypt, Joseph had become a favorite of Pharaoh
For his gift at interpreting dreams,
One of which was about the famine
With enough time to start storing food before it struck.
Then when the Israelites had turned to Egypt in their hunger
There working in the administration of Pharaoh
Was none other than their brother Joseph
Who had mercy and welcomed them into the country.
And while the Pharaoh favored Joseph
The Pharaoh favored Joseph’s family the Israelites too.
But when that Pharaoh died,
The Israelites and the prolific procreation
Soon became a threat to later Pharaohs
Until the were finally oppressed as slave.
And under that slavery,
The Isrealites groaned
Crying for help to God.
And God heard their groans
And answered their cries.
Not because the asked God to answer
But because God remember God’s own covenant with Israel
To bless them as a nation so that they could be a blessing to all nations.
People of God,
God hears our groans still today.
And there is plenty to grown about.
While not slavery per say,
Some may groan under working consideration
That put them at risk during the pandemic as essential workers.
Some may groan for lack of work
Or the closing of businesses that are no longer viable during pandemic.
Others groan … I groan …
Under limitations for being together as the church during pandemic
Still others groan over the complexity of schooling during pandemic.
And the whole country grows of tension in our city streets across the country.
Catherine and Glenn Canada groan under the virus itself.
Go ahead and add any other groaning here as well!
And you can be sure: God hears our groaning
And remembers the covenant made with us now in our baptism.
God indeed is with us always
As a blessing by which we may bless the world
According to our gifts as well.
So go ahead and groan
And know that God hears you,
Accompanies you, and send you to assure others of the same.