Between the Lines: Pentecost 9: Proper 15- August 14, 2011

Text: Genesis 45:1-15

“. . . do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”

Joseph affirms that what had been a treacherous plan on the part of the brothers unfolded in time as a necessary step to put Joseph in Egypt where he could preserve the people and his family in a time of famine. What do you know of events in your life which seemed tragic or impossible at the time, but which opened new possibilities? When have you done something harsh to another person that later proved to be a significant turning point for them? Do you think it was “all in the plan”? Or did God, or life, or circumstance make something new out of something broken?

– Andy Kille


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