“The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other.
Lots of intrigue describe this part of the Bible, as God’s plan for Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, begins to unfold. Jacob and his wife Rachel are trying go on with their lives and God’s plan, seeking to get away from the very controlling father of Rachel, Laben. Laban finally agrees to let them go. There’s a beautiful verse that they use to seal a very special promise they make. The bond between them will be God. In 31:49, Laban bids farewell to Jacob and his daughters with these words: “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent from one another,” What a beautiful prayer to say when members of a family have to be apart for awhile!
Here’s an idea: take this verse and say it different words that carry the same basic prayer. Let your own creative mind make the blessing just right for who you are and how you want God to be present with you and you family in every situation—whether you are together or apart.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
The Lord between you and me 31:49
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…