Eight of us from King's Chapel are writing our "Spiritual Autobiographies" in a six-part class. Week by week we remember moments from childhood, adolescence, and with mentors which give us fresh insight into where the Holy may have been present in our lives. We've also used writing prompts from Moses' life: his unlikely journey from threatened infant to national leader. Moses moves from being uncertain about who God is to one who "talks with God face to face, as one talks with a friend." Moses' face is so "radiant" after being with God, that the Israelites beg him to wear a veil.
Have you known anyone like this - who "radiates" God's glory or Love? I have. Right now I'm in a UUA training on pastoral ministry with instructors who radiate wisdom, understanding, and openness. I'd seek counselling from them anytime.
By the end of Exodus, Moses is still the human he's always been, but he's tapped into a Radiance from beyond and now reflects it out to others. Frederick Handel captures this in his Oratorio "Israel in Egypt" that the choir sings Sunday; a stunning duet sings "The Lord is my strength and my song." When we're more grounded like Moses and my UUA instructors, we too join Sunday's final hymn: "How Can I Keep from Singing?"
May the music and story give you hope on your journey.