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When God first gave instructions for the Passover in Exodus, he didn’t require only Moses, Aaron, and the leaders to participate. He told the people to make a meal—regularly, in their homes, with their families. I’m sure aspects of the Feast of Unleavened Bread that followed Passover were elaborate, and the Israelites enjoyed celebratory elements not experienced the first Passover night. But the main practice of "remembering" happened over a simple meal in the home. Through that meal, God's people taught their children that Yahweh is God, he delivers, and they are a delivered and redeemed people.⠀ ⠀ I primarily work as a stay-at-home mom, writing and blogging in the margins. I easily forget the significance of my everyday work as a mother. I grow weary of coaxing my children to eat their green beans, doling out snacks, changing diapers, and settling tantrums. Sometimes we focus so much on doing “big things” that we forget the eternal value of what’s seemingly small.⠀ ⠀ There’s nothing small about changing diapers or teaching your kids how to share or putting a meal on the table. There is nothing small about providing for your family, even in a job you don’t love. There's nothing small about serving others too young or stubborn to utter a "thank you." There's nothing small about using ordinary moments to remember the goodness of God. ⠀ ⠀ Exodus shows God using Moses in a unique and public way, but in each home, we see him use the family to teach children—from generation to generation—around the table at a meal. Simple. Small. Seemingly insignificant. But it was through this practice God called Israel to remember, and through this practice they taught their children he is a delivering and redeeming God. Eating a meal together established and reaffirmed their core identity.⠀ ⠀ That is not small.⠀ ⠀ As we move through our everyday moments and enter the holiday season, let's not forget that God uses even the most mundane and sometimes wearying tasks to remind us of who he is and who we are as his people. -@sarah.j.hauser
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