The One Who Hears

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
          Then the Lord said,
         "I have seen the misery of my people who are in Egypt;
         I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters.
         Indeed, I know their sufferings,
         and I have come down to deliver them.

                  —Exodus 3.7-8

You may say, “I feel your pain,” but you cannot. You can only know your own, and imagine another's. But God knows your sufferings, for God is in you.

You may feel that your cries go unheard into the darkness, but God hears, allows your cries into her heart of hearts. They echo in the mind of God day and night.

And God goes about God's passionate work: to deliver, to set us free from oppression, from fear, from death, from all that holds back our love from its freedom.

No matter your struggles, your gifts, your hopes, there is this great energy of deliverance moving in this world, already at work to set you free,

you and all who hope, who suffer, who are oppressed, who long for freedom, for peace, for the arms of the One who Hears.

And you, what burning bush have you seen? What work are you doing, what energy are you following? How have you taken up your cross and followed

the One who knows our pain, the one who hears, the One who delivers?