Author Holly Reimer
Reflection: v. 2, ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt.’
I trust and believe that God wants wellness for each of us. A part of this wellness and goodness comes in the form of setting boundaries. History has shown us what tyrannical leadership looks like, leading to trauma and fear. Tyrannical leadership seeks goodness and mercy for some, while others face violence and injustice. However, the God of the Israelites, the God who comes to be present in flesh and dies a gruesome death, is one who wants all to receive goodness and mercy. Everything God asks and commands of us works for this end.
God creates boundaries and challenges us to live in such a way that we can find and live into the wellness that God does indeed want for each person. As a part of my relationship with God, it matters how I exist in my relationship with God and in all the relationships around me—myself, others, and the world. What I do and how I act affects those around me and my choices should never lead to the destruction and oppression of others.
I pray we can challenge this resistance and opposition we have to commandments from a God who liberates. In so doing, may we all find freedom.
Prayer May we see your commandments, O God, as an opportunity for all to find the wellness and goodness you seek. Make us humble of heart, and open to correction. Amen.