Sibling Rivalry (Joseph)

Sibling rivalry.
“Dad loves me the most!”

Rivalry exacerbated.
“Dad gave me this long robe!”

Siblings responding.
“We hate him.”

Rivalry turns to plotting.
“Throw him in the pit! Sell him into slavery.”

Story turns. Released from slavery.
“I have power in Egypt.”

Sibling rivals fear.
“What if he bears a grudge?”

Siblings confess sin.
“Please forgive us, brother!”

Rivalry turns to reconciliation.
“Good has come from bad.”

Listen to the Holy Spirit.
She guides us toward one another and toward hope.

Let us worship.
God’s love continues to move in our time. Amen.

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Lead Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Call to Worship, Genesis, Genesis 37, Genesis 37: 3-8, 17b-22, 26-34, Genesis 50, Genesis 50:15-21, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

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