Daily reading: Genesis 37:3-8, 12-16, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15-21
Friday September 30, 2016

Focus passage: 19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I God? 20 You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it, in order to save the lives of many people, just as he’s doing today. 21 Now, don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your children.” So he put them at ease and spoke reassuringly to them. Genesis 50:19-21

God works through this family bringing forth life and newness in what up to this point had been very dark and dead.  This is not a story of God swooping down like a Disney prince to rescue a damsel in distress, this is an honest look at how even we struggle with God’s dreams for us, how we rebel, how we try and control and perhaps even hurt the ones we love the most in the process.  It is story where we see that it takes years for the dream of God’s forgiveness, reconciliation, peace, justice and compassion to really become part of this family.  This story reminds us of God’s enormous patience for us and enormous desire God has for relationship with us.  Grace and mercy and compassion are all the more realized when we can see how these gifts are not something we could ever earn, they are given by God freely.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Prayer: Faithful God, thank you for your sure and constant presence in my life.  Help me to turn to you when I struggle with my relationships.  Amen.


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