Dear Friends, There are moments in our lives that can drastically and dramatically change the course of our future. Such is the case for Moses at the end of Israel's wilderness wandering. Finding the complaining of his people, Israel, to be too much, he responds to their request for water in a way that nullifies his ability to enter the Promised Land. His mistake changes the course of his destiny. The man who led the Jews out of slavery and dedicated his life to leading them to the land of Israel will not cross into the land of milk and honey. (I honestly do not understand this story and struggle to accept it. It doesn't seem fair and doesn't reflect the God of love and mercy I trust. That having been said it's in the Bible and so we get to wrestle with it!) However, what makes Moses so incredible in this story is that upon hearing this bad news, he does not give up on God or his people. He doesn't throw up his hands and say, Well, if that'