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Wednesday March 8th Exodus 3 : 2-6

There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up."
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!"
And Moses said, "Here I am."
"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

Just a bush, on a desert hillside, probably not a very large bush, and it was burning.
So, what? Let's hope the fire does not spread, let's move the sheep somewhere else.
But this bush was not consumed by the fire; it was filled with the glory of God.
So, Moses went to look, he responded to God.
And so found himself in the presence of the Holy and was changed, empowered by God and given a new direction. He saved his people.
Our God is a Creator not a wanton destroyer, and he loves his creation, the bush was glorious, but not burned up.
We are his special creation and God loves us, He wants us to turn aside to him as Moses did, to recognise the Holy and respond to it.
This lent, perhaps we could take time to see the glory of God's creation around us, a new beginning as spring unfolds into Easter.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "Earth's crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries."

Let us ask God if he wants us to change our direction, so we may be fully prepared to take that step on to holy ground before a cross and welcome again our Saviour Jesus. Not consumed by death but risen and glorious.

Jan Goodall Boroughbridge

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