A Picture of Forgiveness

READ
Genesis 50:15-21
 
THINK
Was there a word or phrase that touches your heart? You can always go back and read the passage aloud. Now recall that word or phrase and take it in and mull it over – you might even close your eyes to just focus on this. After a few moments, write it down. Don’t write anything else. 
 
PRAY 
As you pray, you may even pray through this passage again – searching for how forgiveness is illustrated. Meditate on what it feels like to be forgiven. How is this expression of love meaningful to you? Briefly note your thoughts. 
 
Ask God to show you what you need to show or become in light of this for this day. Perhaps his invitation will have to do with a new perspective on who you are in his eyes, or maybe you sense an action he is calling you to take. After your prayer, write down what you feel invited to do.
 
LIVE
Take time to meditate on the following quote from the Book of Common Prayer (1979), and let it become your own: “Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; nor the hope of the poor be taken away.”

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Wrestling in the Night

READ
Genesis 32:22-32
 
THINK
Reread the passage, but aloud this time and pause after each of the questions in the text (verses 27 & 29). Jacob, whose name means ‘manipulator’, had made elaborate plans to reconcile with Esau in a generous, peaceful way. Then he stayed behind, which  was uncharacteristic of such a quintessential deal maker. There with the night sounds and the smell of the brook, Jacob encountered ‘a man’. Was the man an angel, a God-man, Jesus? (It’s OK that we don’t know for sure.)
 
Picture yourself in this passage. Are you Jacob? Are you an invisible bystander watching it all?
 
What moment in this passage resonates with you the most?
 
Do you find yourself wanting desperately to be blessed?
 
Do you want desperately to know more of God?
 
PRAY
Depending on what resonated with you, pray about what you desperately want from God. To avoid letting your mind wander, try writing down your prayer, listening for words form God in response.
 
LIVE
Sit quietly before God, imagining the night sounds and the smell of the running stream. Try to be comfortable with God in this wild atmosphere. What does it feel like to trust and to reveal the desires of your heart? Be honest if you feel uncomfortable. What would you like it to feel like? Rest in that. 

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