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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Friday, July 17, 2009

Parting the seas... or not.

Yesterday's lesson at camp was about Moses, who followed God's command to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. According to the account in Exodus, Moses raised his staff over the waters of the Red Sea, the waters parted, and he led them all across on dry land.

Sounds like a nifty idea, yes? So we figured if Moses can have faith enough to do it, so could we-- that we'd part Flathead Lake so we could walk over to Wild Horse Island.

We learned that having faith in ourselves is a fine thing, but not quite the same as faith in God. And that commanding miracles doesn't work so well when it's not God's idea in the first place-- even if you do have vestments and a really cool Moses-like staff.

"...God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe."
(1 Cor 1:21)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad that I am not on the altar guild. John

July 18, 2009 3:41 AM  

Blogger Unknown said...

Personally I think it had something to do with the blue sneakers... should have had sandals on and it probably would have worked. Moses would never had had blue sneakers. Try it again with sandals... yeah.. yeah.. that's the ticket!

July 18, 2009 5:48 AM  

Blogger Jane Ellen+ said...

Fr. John: Perhaps you're right... feel free to give it a shot with sandals next time you're up there, and let me know how it goes.

John: After years under my grandmother's tutelage, I know better than to invoke the wrath of the altar guild. Both alb and chasuble were machine washable.

July 18, 2009 9:17 PM  

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