Parsha Masei: Numbers 33:1-36:13, Jeremiah 2:4-28;4:1-2, James 4:1-12

To our 9:00 am Shabbat Ark of Prayer and the Mishpacha within,

This week’s parsha is Masei: Numbers 33:1-36:13, Jeremiah 2:4-28;4:1-2, James 4:1-12

Masei is Hebrew for “Journeys”. I believe that journeys are both physical and spiritual. We see both of those components in this week’s parsha

In my food related recovery program, I make a gratitude list from time to time. I also make a list of the things that G-d has done for me in my life. These lists include the people, places and things as well as the lessons that I have learned that G-d has put into my life and for which I am grateful.

Taking the time to make these lists helps me to be patient, strong, focused, humble and kind under duress.

Psalms 77 is a favorite of mine because it shows Asaph crying out to the L-rd in despair and then being comforted by remembering all the L-rd’s deeds and past acts of faithfulness. This Psalm is a reminder to me as well that the L-rd is faithful to me also.

We see a similar reminder in Numbers where Moses, at the L-rd’s direction, has kept a written record of their wilderness journey. I believe that Moses reviews this with them, on the eve of their entry into the Promised Land, because it was important that he reaffirm that G-d has not only been with them but protected and provided for them since they left Egypt.

Remembering past acts of faithfulness is important to growing trust in a relationship. Without trust, I can not move forward which always requires at least some risk taking.

You can image that you would not dangle over a cliff unless you trusted the rope to hold you. So it is the same way with me as I can not put my trust in any relationship, including one in the L-rd, unless I can count on its inherent faithfulness and good will.

Trust based on previous faithfulness, allows me to give the benefit of the doubt, or even decide not to be offended and offer forgiveness, when I am in a position where I am in conflict with another. Trust always opens up quicker and more complete conflict resolution.

This type of trust in G-d, also means that if G-d answers my prayers with “No” or “Not now”, and leaves me in pain, I can assume that He is good, that, even though I do not understand it, the results I received are as G-d intended and are the best for me and those around me.

As a result, I am more often able to have peace under duress and I am more connected to G-d and His guidance.

I hope any of you that are able, will join the 9:00 am Shabbat Teva Tefillah. We pray for the Temple, for Israel and our government.

Blessings to you and yours.

Your brother in Yeshua in the TEVA TEFILLAH,

Kurt

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