Reading: Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28 (Click to read text)
It’s been a little over a year now that my brother, Paul, died. He was 84-years-old and had a long history of esophageal cancer. The last months were rather difficult after many years of being cancer free. The disease returned and spread to his hip. It was not good.
Our last visit (he died in Florida) was a great blessing. Some family had gathered. We ate hard shell crabs. And we laughed. We ate more crabs. And laughed some more. Did I mention we cracked open a lot of crabs? Then we looked around and everybody had cleared out and it was just Paul and me. What a precious gift—that half-hour or so.
I remember that there was a long period of time in our lives (about ten years) when we had not talked to each other. Somehow, we both thought that we had offended the other one or something stupid like that. Oh, how I wish I had those years back!!!
Did you read the story about Joseph and his brothers? Life is to short for that kind of stupidity. Is there a relationship in your life that needs to be healed? Today is the day to do it.
Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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