Proper 13/Ordinary 18, 2014 – Genesis 32:22-24

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several very familiar texts are a part of our lectionary readings for this week. The selections include: Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 17:1-7, 15, Isaiah 55:1-5 and Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21, Romans 9:1-5 and Matthew 14:13-21. I don’t do this often, but I would also like to include John 6:1-14 which is his version of the Feeding of the 5,000.

Genesis 32:22-24The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

You will recall that Jacob later realized he was wrestling with God. Whether we need time to “wrestle” with God or simply to talk something out with God, finding time when we can encounter God alone is important.

Gracious God, help us to find intentional time in our schedules to talk to you. Amen.

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