Community of Family and Neighbors

Community of Family and Neighbors
Teenager working on a Vacation Bible School craft in Central Asia

Genesis: 37:2-11

God is amazing. He always works for our good despite our human frailties. And when we remain faithful to God, through his goodness and love we are blessed. Joseph and his brothers were the ancestors of the 12 Tribes of Israel. From them and their descendants came the entire nation of Israel. In the early story of Joseph and his brothers, we meet a young tattler (Joseph) who reports to his father unflattering things about his brothers. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated Joseph and couldn’t even talk nicely to him. His brothers hated him even more for the dreams he had told them (their stalks of grain bowing to Joseph’s stalk, and the sun, moon and eleven stars bowing to Joseph). Family intrigue, lies and jealousy will lead Joseph and his brothers through many hardships as a consequence of their choices, but Joseph’s steadfast faithfulness to God will bring many blessings upon him and eventual reconciliation with his brothers and family.

Who are you in this story?

God created us to be in community with our family and neighbors. How we accept others is our choice, but God desires for us to work together for good. We need to accept others just as they are. Love and encourage them along their journey, just as God loves and encourages us on our life journey. Joseph received the gift of dreams, and when used wisely saved lives and eventually led to the restoration of his family. God gives us a greater gift – Jesus. What will you do with your gift? May you find love, joy and peace in your community!

Prayer: We give thanks to you, Loving God, for the gift of Jesus who came to show us how we should live. How blessed we are by your steadfast love. Amen.

Maxine Wheeler is Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team member.

Posted or updated: 12/21/2016 11:00:00 PM

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