Week 9  Day 5

there is that temptation to give up
when things do not go our way
      there is that level of frustration
      which says it won't take one thing more
            and yet the counsel for us is
            that we should not be weary in well-doing

who of us would keep going back
when we have repeatedly been rejected
      who of us would keep trying to communicate
      when we are told we have nothing to say
            and yet there is within us that desire
            to share our experience

we know the challenge of believing
when we have been betrayed
      we know the power it takes to get up
      when we have been put down again and again
            yet there is something within us
            that makes us try again and again

our Lord comes to us
      in the face of every frustration
      in the pain of every rejection
      in the struggle to keep on believing
and we see something of God in every face 

do the good which you can do
and be the best person you can be
      because in all of that the Lord says
      and we reclaim the promise
            you are not alone
            I am with you always

                                                           ---rus 

                                    MOSES LOST IT AT MERIBAH
                  And will not himself enter the Promised Land.
                                                Numbers 20
 
    1The children of Israel came into the Wilderness of Zin,
and stayed in Kadesh; Miriam died and was buried there.
    2Now there was no water for the congregation; so they
3contended with Moses, saying:  "If only we had died
when
our brethren died before the Lord!  Why have you
brought up
the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness,
that we and our
animals should die here?  5And why have
you made us come
up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil
place?  It is not a pl
ace of grain or figs or vines or
pomegranates; nor is there any 
water to drink."  6So Moses
and Aaron went to the door of 
the tabernacle of meeting,
and they fell on their faces.  And 
the glory of the Lord
appeared to them.

    7Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8"Take the rod;
and gather the congregation together.  Speak to the rock
before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall
bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the
congregation and their animals."  9So Moses took the rod
as the Lord commanded him.
    10Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together
before
the rock; and he said, "Hear now, you rebels!  Must
we bring
water for you out of this rock?"  11Then Moses
lifted his
hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and
water came
out abundantly, and the congregation and
their animals drank.

    12Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, "Because
you
did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the
children
of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this
assembly into the
land which I have given them."  This
was the water of Meribah,
because the children of Israel
contended with the Lord.

    22The whole congregation journeyed from Kadesh and
came to Mount Hor.  23The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron
in Mount Hor by the border of the land of Edom, saying: 
24"Aaron shall be gathered to his people; he shall not enter
the land, because you rebelled against My word at the water
of Meribah.  25Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring
them up to Mount Hor; 26strip Aaron of his garments and
put
them on Eleazar for Aaron shall die there."
    27So Moses did as the Lord commanded, and Aaron
died
there on the top of the mountain.  28When all the
congregation
saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of
Israel mourned for
Aaron thirty days.
                            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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