Reading: Genesis 32: 22-31 (Click to read text)
Jacob was alone. He got up in the night and sent his wives, servants, sons and all his possessions ahead across the ford of the Jabbok. He was left alone and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. Was this a battle he knew he had to do on his own? Get the women and children out of here and no help from the servants allowed?
Sometimes we have to wrestle alone. No phoning a friend. No polling the audience for their input. No asking to have two out of four wrong answers eliminated. We have to figure it out on our own perhaps wrestling with God even if it takes a long time.
What did Jacob end up with? A new name (Israel), a blessing and a limp. God left Jacob with a physical sign of his presence - a limp. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been preserved." (v. 30) --Ruth Gates, frequent Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
Dear God, you know our names and we are blessed with your love, mercy and grace. We may carry wounds in body our spirit but you came to us in Jesus and our lives are preserved. Thank you. Amen.
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