Exodus 2: 1-10

The human journey begins in secret - in the earliest days, unknown even to mothers and fathers. Yet, God knows that the small kidney-bean that is the human embryo is there - growing and developing until the day it is ready to meet the world.

For one Hebrew woman, the secrecy had to continue longer - until, the day when her child was three months old, she was forced to place him in the River Nile. She took every precaution to ensure his safety and was rewarded when Pharaoh's own daughter defied the edict concerning the deaths of Hebrew boys and took the child into her own home. It is the Egyptian princess who names the baby - Moses "because," she said, "I drew him out of the water."

We do not know the name of the mother or father - nor of the Egyptian princess - though God does. The name of the child, Moses, was to become one of the most famous in the world.


Before your parents knew you existed God knew. While they agonised over your name, God knew it already!
When the birth announcement cards were sent out - and, more especially, you were "immersed" and drawn from the waters of Baptism, your name was given to the world - the name God has had written on the palm of his hand since the first moment of your being.

Spend time reflecting on what this tells you about yourself - and who you are in the eyes of God.

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