Touched by an Angel

Week 42, Day 4 Further reflections on Genesis 32 I don't know whether Maya Angelou had Jacob's story in mind when she wrote this poem, but it wouldn't surprise me if she had. I think she captures well here Jacob's experience of being released from his feelings of fear, failure and regret. In the middle of the darkest night, sometimes anyway, Love arrives and "strikes away the chains of fear from our souls". That can happen when you are touched by an angel. Touched by an Angel Maya Angelou We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in i

Alone

Week 42, Day 3 Reflection on Genesis 32 “Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak”. Gen. 32.24 Here’s a midrash on Genesis 32. Jacob cheated and stole from his brother, Esau—twice; took from him what could never, ever be paid back. He conspired with his mother to deceive his father and then ran for his life to his Uncle Laban’s house to escape his brother’s murderous rage. Over the ensuing years he marries four women (two sisters and two slaves), fathers 11 sons and who knows how many daughters. Uncle Laban, an accomplished cheat himself, almost gets the best of Jacob. But only almost; Jacob is too smooth an operator even for Laban and he comes away, years later,

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