Monday, January 11, 2010

Remembering Our Faults

Yearly Reading: Genesis 40-43

Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "I remember my faults today." Genesis 41:9 NRSV

Take a moment today to remember your faults. I don't mean your weaknesses but those things that you have done wrong in the past, even the distant past. Did you mean at the time to make up with God or others? Was there someone from whom you needed to beg forgiveness? Has the passage of time made you put your original good intentions aside? It is never to late to make amends!

The cupbearer had angered Pharaoh and was put in prison. Joseph was also in prison and was serving as a servant to the captain of the guard. When the cupbearer had a dream which God favorably interpreted through Joseph, Jospeh asked that he be remembered to Pharaoh. However, the cupbearer went back to serving Pharaoh and forgot about his promise for two whole years.

Now the cupbearer, on hearing of Pharaoh's own disturbing dreams, remembers Joseph and his own promise. The actions of the cupbearer, though late, actually fit nicely with God's plan.

Take time today to make amends. You may never know how your actions fit with God's plan.

God, help us to recall and admit our faults today. May we have the courage to do something about them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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