Journey To Freedom, Part 6: The Truth Doesn’t Have To Feel Harsh

We are following the story of the Children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised land of Canaan – a land flowing with milk and honey, as the story describes it. On the way they face different trials or temptations. After they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground and they sang and celebrated and then marched ahead unable to find any water for three days. When they do finally find water it is too bitter to drink. Moses is instructed to throw a tree or some wood into the water and it is made sweet and drinkable.

The symbolism within the story opens up the meaning for us. The water (truth) can seem bitter and harsh when we donโ€™t see what the good is that it is leading toward. Once we can see the good or love behind (after wood is added) it we can find the truth to be sweet and enjoyable. One example is having to study for a test can be a big pain and we can find it bitter or unenjoyable unless we can see that if we can pass this test then we can be done the course and then we can graduate and get a job and have lots of freedom and money, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

You are invited to explore this story and its personal meaning for our daily lives on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.


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2 Responses to Journey To Freedom, Part 6: The Truth Doesn’t Have To Feel Harsh

  1. Gordon Young says:

    I have a copy of “Live with less anxiety and more joy” written by Rev David Roth. (2009 issue 5)

    I live in a continuing care retirement community. We usually have a Sunday Evening Vespers service and the attendance has been averaging in the high 90s. When you consider we have about 210 independent living residents, we have been pleased (but not satisfied) with the attendance.

    Because of the virus, we are not meeting but the Vespers Committee distributes weekly a one page word of encouragement. As a past Chair of the Vespers Committee, I have been asked to write one of those ‘one pagers.’

    I would like to use some of what Rev Roth wrote in the article mentioned above. Would that be allowed?

    Thank you!

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