Joseph hitched up his chariot and went to meet his father Israel in Goshen. When he arrived, he threw his arms around his neck and wept, embracing him for a long time. Israel said to Joseph, “I can die now after seeing your face. You are really still alive!”
Simeon in the reading from Luke 2:21 blessed the Lord in words similar to this verse from Genesis 46:30: “I can die now, having seen for myself that you are still alive.” It’s the moment of beautiful reunion with Joseph and Jacob. Imagine Jacob’s joy, thinking that his son Joseph was dead or in slavery somewhere. Now Joseph comes to see his father…What a wonderful meeting!
Just as a theme in music, so do we have this “theme” of bringing about love and salvation even when things don’t look like they are going that way. Reflect on your own life and see how today’s story has similar themes for you.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your plan at work within me
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.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
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…