If you are like me, there are plenty of things in life to discourage us – the troubles around us, the threats from those who don’t like us, and not least, our past failures. The book of Genesis began in a garden and ended in a coffin. What could discourage us more? How about the opening setting of Exodus? But wait, there is plenty there to encourage and strengthen us as we see ourselves in the mirror of Moses and then catch a glimpse of the God who is.