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Lenten meditations: Sunday, March 16

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As we journey together through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ’letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.

Genesis 42 recounts the story of the 20-year reunion between Joseph, who was sold into slavery, and his brothers who were responsible for this action. The brothers have been instructed by their father Jacob to travel to Egypt in order to buy food. Upon their arrival, they encounter an Egyptian manager who turns out to be Joseph. The brothers do not recognize him; however, Joseph recognizes them. After a bit of rough verbal exchange and some conditions set by Joseph, the brothers are sent back home with ample food and the return of their money.

The universal pieces of this story seem so similar to us in our own spiritual journeys. How often do we find that God is moving/working in our daily lives and we do not recognize it? As in this story, because the brothers did not recognize Joseph, they were unable to apologize to him for their misdeed or reunite as a family, even though they experienced the burden of guilt. In spite of this, however, Joseph not only saw that their food needs were met; he ensured that their money was also returned.

As Christians we experience God’s abundant grace every day. When we take the time to reflect and become aware, we can see the many ways in which God not only satisfies our needs, but also provides for more. Thanks be to God, for His mercies are new every day.

Bob Davis

Associate Headmaster, Hammond School

Columbia, South Carolina

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If you enjoyed this Lenten meditation, you can find more at Sharon's Columbia Biblical Studies Examiner homepage.

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