Our Lenten exercise of learning to walk in the dark continues. Last week we focused on Jacob’s dream of the liminal space between heaven and earth. Here we heard God blessing this child who is really something of a scoundrel. Though Jacob clearly doesn’t understand what God is offering, God keeps God’s promise to stick by Jacob and bring him home. In this week’s text, Jacob is older; how much wiser remains to be seen. On his way home, about to to confront his brother, Esau, Jacob has another great dream. This time he spends the whole night wrestling with God. The net result is a limp and a promise. God renews God’s desire to bless Jacob and his offspring. Jacob – “usurper,” “schemer,” leaves the encounter with a new name “Israel” – “God rules.
Have you ever wrestled with God? Have you ever felt like you wanted to? It is no easy encounter and only occurs when God comes near enough to take us on. As we learn to walk in the dark, will we welcome night visitors, those who come to challenge us and to bless us? It may be that either will entail effort on our part.
In Adult Spiritual Formation we will take more time to consider our Lenten study book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Tayor.
Join us Sunday at 10:00 AM for worship, study and the sharing of community. Bring someone along share in the experiences of the day.
Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!