Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:30 – 32:14
Key verses: (31:30-32:3)
31:30Then Moses recited the words of this song, to the very end, in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:
32:1 Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 May my teaching drop like the rain,
my speech condense like the dew;
like gentle rain on grass,
like showers on new growth.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the LORD;
ascribe greatness to our God!
Reflection: It’s a time of transition for some families. School years are winding down. Graduations are taking place. Young people are moving up, moving out, and moving into new situations. Transitions like these are bittersweet for many. Goals that have been long-planned, and eagerly sought, suddenly mean big changes.
As I dropped my eldest off at his first apartment this week, I wondered again: have I taught him what he needs to know? I think we did pretty well before he moved into a dorm. He knew how to do laundry, and get himself up in the morning. He had a pretty good grasp of basic money skills. He has spent time abroad on his own. But another move towards more independence make me wonder all over again: Will he be a good housemate and take his turn doing dishes? Will he ever clean his bathroom? Does he know how to deal with a landlord?
Reading these words of Moses in Deuteronomy, I hear the prayer of a parent during a time of change. Moses delivers a couple of long stirring speeches, over several chapters, to the people of Israel before they move into the Promised Land without him. He wonders if they know enough to step confidently into God’s future. He prays that his teaching from long years past will be like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth, that nurtures a good harvest. Mostly he reminds them (and perhaps himself) to trust always in God, whose faithfulness is strong and sure. God has walked with them through long years to get to this point of change. Trust in that same faithful God for the next steps is what will see them through. May we all walk confidently into the future in that same trust and faith.
Prayer: Lord, you have always been there, guiding and correcting, nurturing and sustaining. Walk with all those facing change. Accompany us all on our way into your future, trusting in your faithfulness and love. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].