Three: Relationship and Response

Exodus 3:7-9

We are in relationship with God. Relationships are always about 2 way communication, between us and someone else, in this case God. My relationship with each of you is different. I know some of you well, and others I would struggle to recognise in the street. Our relationship with God is like this, for some of us we are completely enveloped in the knowledge that God loves us, for some of us we struggle and our faith is on a constant knife edge.   Relationships are about listening to one another, and growing through shared experiences. In God’s relationship with Abraham, he made him a promise, as a result he always hears the cries of his people, and he always remembers his covenant. When God redeems, he not only redeems from something, he always redeems to something. We have heard about him delivering the people from slavery through Moses and later on that through Joshua he will bring them to “a land flowing with milk and honey”.  For us today, Jesus is the way to break down our slavery, to seek deliverance by bringing through him to God our confession and in receiving an absolution knowing that we are one more step closer to the land that flows with milk and honey, to receiving eternal life with God our creator and Father.

Exercise
There are times when in our relationships we need to say sorry, to each other and most certainly to God.
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and your hands facing upwards in your lap cupped together.
Into your cupped hands place the things for which you are sorry, times when you have done wrong, opportunities missed to share God’s love with others.
Slowly turn your hands over and allow the things that you have place there to fall to the floor, gone for ever.
Turn them back into the cupped position and allow them to be filled with God’s redeeming grace for you.

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