Love, Forgiveness and the Face of God

Just after my ordination, I was assigned to be a campus minister to college students.  When this came to an end after four years, one of the teachers came up to me with this critical remark: “The trouble with you, Nick, is that you want everybody to be friends.”  “No,” I replied, “but I would like to provide opportunities for everyone to meet at least once.

Because Jacob and Esau didn’t get along, they never fully met each other with the goodness that was really inside of them. Today’s episode in the book of Genesis tells about how they hugged and forgave each other. Listen to the words of Jacob to Esau in chapter 33, verse 10: “To see your face is like seeing the face of God!” 

Genesis  32:3—33:20

Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This being Year C,
the third year in the cycle, we generally read from the Gospel of Luke.

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 of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

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