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Monday, July 27, 2015

Lament. Murmuring.
A mob mentality in the midst of the congregation,
a murmuring crowd—
It starts with one or two
and grows. The crowd knows
what they want—bread, meat
knows what they don't have—bread and meat
—and they murmur
And morning by morning God provides.
Morning and evening all that they need,
God provides.
Faithful, merciful God.
A God they didn't know ...

God who hears and responds, we thank you. Amen.

Sanna Reinholtzen
Associate Pastor for Prayer and Healing
University Lutheran Chapel
Berkeley, Cali.
Master of Divinity , 1995

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 (NRSV)

2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
3 The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, "I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, "Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.' "
10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said,
12 "I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, "At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.' "
13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground.
15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

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