Week 3  Day 6 

some of the deepest divisions
are in the family
      past attitudes and actions
      seem insurmountable     

      years may pass or even generations
      without a word between divided parties

where and how is healing to come
who is able to make reconciliation possible
      at times grudges are held on to
      as though they were some great treasure

      and the Lord weeps for us in our pain
      of separation and division

the story of Jacob's tense homecoming
can be a story for us too
      after a generation of separation
      because of a deceitful act
            how will Esau react

                the beauty and goodness of that reunion
                is summarized in a gracious welcome
                      an embrace
                      a kiss
                      tears of joy 

         let go of those things which would divide
         and hold on to those things which unite

                                                                    ---rus


                                     A NEW MAN, ISRAEL 
           Wrestling with God and reconciliation with Esau. 
                                          Genesis 32 & 33

    3Then Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother
in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.  4He commanded them,
saying, "Speak to my lord Esau, 'Thus your servant Jacob says:
"I have dwelt with Laban and stayed there until now.  5 I have oxen,
donkeys, flocks, and male and female servants; and I have sent to
tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight."'"
    6The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your
brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you, and four hundred
men are with him."  7So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed;
he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds
and camels, into two companies.  8He said, "If Esau comes to
the one company and attacks it, the other company which is left
will escape."
    24Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until
the breaking of day.  25Now when He saw that He did not prevail
against Jacob, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of
Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him.  26And He
said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks."  But Jacob said, "I will not let
You go unless You bless me!"
    27So He said to him, "What is your name?"  He said, "Jacob."
28He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;
for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."
29Then Jacob asked, "Tell me Your name, I pray."  He said, "Why
is it that you ask about My name?"  And He blessed him.
    30Jacob named the place Peniel:  "For I have seen God face
to face, and my life is preserved."  31Just as he crossed over
Peniel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.
    1Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was
coming, with four hundred men.  So he divided the children among
Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants.  2He put the maidservants
and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, Rachel
and Joseph last.  3Then he crossed over and bowed himself to
the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4But
Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck
and kissed him, and they wept.
    18Then Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the
land of Canaan, and he pitched his tent before the city.  19He bought
the parcel of land where he had pitched his tent from the children
of Hamor, Shechem's father, for one hundred pieces of money. 
    20Then he erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel.
                                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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