by Ray Reuter on November 30, 2017

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14)

Often times, I / we make God more complex than He is. Moses stands on holy ground and encounters the presence of God in a burning bush. God shares with Moses His deep concern about the suffering of the Israelites in Egypt. This pivotal moment marks the initial call to Moses to lead the people of Israel. And during that interaction, God tells Moses the name He wants to be called. YAHWEH: “I AM WHO I AM.”

So in summary … God shows up. God calls Moses to lead. God says call me “I AM.” From this context, ponder the following poem by Helen Mallicoat. When God calls us, He is with us, because His name is I AM.


I was regretting the past and fearing the future.

Suddenly my Lord was speaking.

“My name is I am”

He paused. I waited. He continued,

“When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there.

My name is not I WAS.

When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there.

My name is not I WILL BE .

When you live in this moment it is not hard. I am here,

My name is I AM .”

– Helen Mallicoat

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Grace Lowe August 8, 2021 at 7:15 am

I want to print the poem to share at church


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