S (Scripture): Exodus 12:39 & 42
39 For bread they baked flat cakes from the dough without yeast they had brought from Egypt. It was made without yeast because the people were driven out of Egypt in such a hurry that they had no time to prepare the bread or other food.
42 On this night the Lord kept his promise to bring his people out of the land of Egypt. So this night belongs to him, and it must be commemorated every year by all the Israelites, from generation to generation.
O (Observation): The Israelites leave Egypt in such a hurry they do not have time to prepare respectable bread (bread with yeast).
A (Application): There is a great sense of urgency in leaving the place of slavery and struggle. This act of urgency is realized in the food for the journey. The Israelies would later know the impact of their choice to leave Egypt and some will even suggest returning. But for now, they are out the door. There is great trust in this act, packing up everything and everyone to a place unknown. This is the reliance on God for direction, for guidance for provision. Sooner or later the bread we pack for the Journey will not last and we too will need the Lord to provide for us.
P (Prayer): I used this prayer in reflection in the Ash Wednesday service, I think it fits here too.
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always,
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
A prayer of Thomas Merton