March 9, 2020

Scripture Reading: Genesis 41.46-57
The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end; and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was bread. When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do.” And since the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the world came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine became severe throughout the world.

  • Joseph had been storing up grains in preparation for a famine he had been anticipating would come. He had a whole store-house full of grain ready for when it would be needed: not just enough for himself, but enough to meet the needs of the whole world! The season of Lent is a lean time, but it’s not meant to be a season of famine. Instead, it’s an opportunity to think about what is truly most essential to your sense of spiritual wholeness and wellbeing. Another way to think about it is to ask, “What is it that you should be storing up so that when the famine comes, you’ll be ready?” When I was in college, there was a wonderful woman in my church who seemed to have an endless supply of hugs for struggling students. It was what many of us who were studying away from home needed most. What might you have a supply of that can help those around you who might be hungry/hurting? 

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