We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 12, 2014.
Reading: Genesis 45: 1-28 (Click to read text)
Reflection: In the first line of our story for today, we are told that Joseph could no longer control himself. He sent others away and confronted his brothers, letting them know who he was. He even cried.
Have you ever gotten to a point when you could no longer control yourself? Are there times that a revelation or something else has you bursting at the seams, that you just need to open up and share it?
I think that is the work of the Spirit. Sometimes, we bottle things inside and for our own good, we just need to let it out. That happened to me this summer. We were in a staff meeting and after a lengthy discussion about one topic, I just couldn't take it anymore. I burst out, probably like Joseph, and said that I couldn't contain it anymore. I just could not talk about that issue anymore, as I had my fill.
Handling your emotions such as this in a healthy way is good. And I think we need to remember that just like Joseph, there is a time when we need to just let everything out!
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