Thursday March 19 2020

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Scripture: Genesis 46:1-7; 28-34

Key verse: (4) I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again

Reflection: The first seven verses of this chapter tells of Jacob taking his entire family to Egypt. Jacob left Canaan, leaving a place of resources, a place of family history, a place that would become the promised land, packed up everything and began the trek toward Egypt to reunite with Joseph. Although the thought of reunion livened his spirit, this must have been a hard decision.

In the past weeks we have seen series of hard decisions: public school closings, leagues and sporting events cancelled, businesses shut down, statewide and national advisories, among various relief efforts that must be taken into consideration. It may feel as if you have taken your entire household to a new place, working to find a new normal in the midst of the decisions being made.

Jacob, named Israel, heard from God one night in Beersheba. God said, “do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.” God continues, “I myself will go down with you to Egypt.” Let these words bring you comfort as we are being called into a new normal. Our God is a great and powerful God. God is a God above and beyond, and our God is a God of intimacy and presence. God went with Israel into Egypt, and God goes with us as we navigate the transitions in our life. God goes with us and will also bring us up again.

Prayer: Ever-present God, you walked with Israel into a new land, and you brought Israel back into the Promised Land. We give you thanks. Grant us peace of mind and the comfort of your presence as we navigate the newness and strangeness of each day. Amen.

Author: Ben Brannan

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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