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 is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures 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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