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Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)
TITLE: Letting Go
By Stephanie Eckenroad
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Life as they knew it changed. They went from being well thought of citizens in the community to being enslaved. No longer did they hear the laughter of children playing outdoors. Friends and family weren’t rejoicing over news of weddings or births. All that one could hear now was the sound of weeping.
Tears replaced laughter. Fear replaced peace. Life was hard and uncertain. Women were mourning for what they had lost, and men were angry at a cruel government that took away their ability to provide for and protect their families. You could taste the fear that was shared by young and old alike. One woman, possibly driven by this fear, did the only thing she knew how to do - let go.
The choice to let go of her son, must have caused her many sleepless nights. Nights awake, begging God to protect this special child. Nights awake, pleading for God to show her a way out of this dark, lonely place. Nights awake, feeling so unprotected in a world so cruel.
Love, desperation, and fear were wrapped around Moses as his mother found the inner strength to place him in the Nile River. God had plans for Moses that not even his own mother could know or understand. Pharaoh gave orders that every boy that was born should be drowned in the Nile River. But what Pharaoh intended for death, God intended for life.
Our lives also have moments of mourning, fear, and uncertainty. God is able to pick up any trouble we choose to lie in the river and replace it with hope. Hope that is larger than our understanding. Hope that gives life.
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