You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it, in order to save the lives of many people, just as he’s doing today.
The story of Joseph and his brothers has been building up and building up. We come now to the final episodes of the story, and the last chapter of the first book of the Bible.
It’s a chapter about the sadness of Joseph over the death of his father, Jacob, but also the joy of the reunion of Joseph and his brothers. There’s a verse that is the very heart of the story, and how Joseph was free of resenting his brothers for the evil they did to him. It’s verse 20: “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good.”
There is no situation in our lives that is without this power of God to turn it into good…If we believe in God to do this and let it happen. Any thoughts about your own life that you come to mind from your reading this chapter, and especially this verse?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You bringing good from evil v. 20
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…