This week’s reading from Genesis 45:1-15 is a well-known one –a story of forgiveness and redemption. After a lifetime of betrayal, abandonment, restriction, and isolation, Joseph chooses, very intentionally, the ways of forgiveness and grace. This story is an opportunity to explore how we are more imprisoned by our choices, especially our choices of heart and mind, than our physical realities. Joseph chooses forgiveness over resentment, positivity over negativity, family ties over isolation, and hope over dismay.
What symbol might represent hope and renewal to your community? Perhaps it is a clear jar of water, a potted plant, a photograph of the community together in worship or a jar of precious oil. Where might God be calling you, individually and as a church, to take a more active role in opening doors within relationships?