Who Am I That I Should Go to Pharaoh?

This meditation is based on a passage for May 16, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Exodus 3:1-12

Reflection and Question: For many a candidate for ordination, Moses’ response to God’s call to go to Pharaoh is a wonderful consolation because it mirrors their own initial response to God’s call: “Who am I that You want me to do this?” For GLBT Christians who have had to struggle to be accepted by the church at all, the call to ordained ministry can feel as unlikely as Moses’ call from a bush that is burning but not consumed. Despite present church law, God’s call burns in the hearts of these faithful people and they can do nothing other than say “Yes” as Moses did. What is God’s call to you?

Prayer: When Israel was in Egypt’s land, let my people go;
Oppressed so hard they could not stand, let my people go.
Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt’s land;
Tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
(Go Down Moses, African American Spiritual, United Methodist Hymnal, 448)