From today’s Old Testament reading, continuing the story of the Exodus: ‘Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And in the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down upon the host of the Egyptians, and discomfited the host of the Egyptians, 25 clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel; for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”’

We are used to hearing this text in the context of the Easter Vigil. It is good to hear it again, reminding us that we are always in the midst of ‘Exodus’, whatever form that might take in our daily lives; that is, God is always leading us into new life. May we have the courage to walk by faith, trusting in the God who keeps His promises, and may God bless you this day.