God’s Voice (A Children’s Homily)

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The first reading we heard this morning was from Deuteronomy. It’s one of my favorite books from the original testament, but it can be a little hard to understand. Moses is talking to the people who followed him out of Egypt, escaping slavery and the power of Pharaoh. They’ve been wandering for a while, and came to the mountain where God was. God was in this huge, dark cloud, spitting fire and lighting, and it was loud, they said it was like trumpet blowing from the cloud. And as you might imaging, people were scared. 

You might have wondered yourself, why doesn’t God speak to us anymore? And the answer is here in this reading. We asked God to stop speaking to us. We thought it was too big, too loud, too scary, too much. So, we said, please Moses! Tell God to speak to youand then you tell us what God said. We promise to believe you. 

But, who do you think it’s easier to believe: God, or another person? They didn’t always believe Moses, and it got them into a lot of trouble at times. 

Something Moses says later in the book of Deuteronomy is something I’d like you to think. If you think the voice of God might be big and scary, think about this. Moses said that to know what God wants for us isn’t actually that difficult. We don’t have to climb a huge mountain to find God, we don’t have to swim to the bottom of the sea to find God, we don’t have to sail to the ends of the earth to find God. No, Moses said, God is a close to us as a whisper. 

You might be hearing this whisper. We sometimes call it your conscience, but we don’t really know what it is. It’s that little voice in your head that reminds you what the right thing to do is. I think this is what Moses might have meant. Today, God isn’t far away from us, on some big scary mountain, but right here, with each of us, telling us what’s right. 

So, I’d like you to do two things. The first is, to talk with your parents about how they listen to their conscience, their little voice. They might give you some tips about how to help you listen. The second is, I’d like you to draw a picture of yourself, listening to God’s voice, and what you think God’s voice might look like to you.  

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The Rev. Joani Peacock, Editor for Emmanuel Voices: A Parish Blog

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