March 17, 2020

Scripture Reading: Genesis 45.4-7
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.

  • It had all been part of God’s plan. That didn’t make it easier, didn’t mean that what Joseph’s brothers had done to him was right, didn’t mean that the circumstances weren’t distressing for all involved, even though Joseph tries to assure his brothers. He himself had broken down multiple times as he realized the position God had put him in: a position to forgive. The practice of forgiveness is one of the more difficult practices within the Christian tradition. “Come closer to me.” Joseph said. Forgiveness done well is personal. What does it mean to you to forgive? Can you think of a time when you have needed to be forgiven? Was it granted? Is there an opportunity presenting itself for you to forgive yourself or someone else this Lent?  

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