“Joseph’s brothers saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him…… (but) Reuben said to them, ‘Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness…..’”

(many years later)
“Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21 So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.’ In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.”
(Genesis 37 verses 18,22 and Genesis 50 verses 19,20)

Family is at the core of our social structure and given great importance in our Christian faith. But sometimes we take our families for granted or even experience deep rifts with some of our loved ones. I found this prayer recently that seemed very real and challenging:

Lord, I love my family,
but sometimes they drive me crazy!
It might be about politics,
how I choose to live my life,
or old wounds that never seem to heal.
Please help me
to repair my relationships with my loved ones
and to see the good in them
despite our differences. Amen.

With whom in your family have you had a conflict recently? Perhaps you can identify one area of common ground — even if it’s a shared favourite TV show or movie — and begin to build a bridge to reunite you and them.

[Andrew Pritchard-Keens]