Saturday, January 9, 2010

Seeing God's Face

Yearly Reading: Genesis 32-35

Jacob said, "No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God - since you have received me with such favor." Genesis 33:10 NRSV

God's face is the face of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Yet, how many times have we refused to give forgiveness or to be reconciled?

For Jacob, this meeting was something that he dreaded and he prepared for Esau's anger. Yet, it ended up as a blessing because Esau was happy to see him. We don't know if Esau was influenced by his family or by God. But he obviously had matured since his brother's trickery and departure. Instead of an army, he greats his brother by running, hugging, kissing and weeping.

All of Jacob's worries still are with him but he recognizes God's provision in making peace with his brother. 

God's face is the face of forgiveness and reconciliation. 

God, your face is available to us when we are willing to accept forgiveness and reconciliation with other people. Thank you. Amen.

Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims

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