Worship at Home This Week
by Rev. Annie Melick

Scripture: Genesis 45:4-8

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.                                                                                                                     

Ponder this:  Joseph not only forgave his brothers for plotting to have him sold into slavery, but he also saved their lives. At least at that point in time Joseph could see how God had worked through the situation to save His people. What might this story mean to you today? What is God saying to you? What should you do next?

Prayer:   Lord of all, I submit to your care today. Take hold of my life and lead me. Teach me to forgive others and give me courage to reconcile broken relationships. Thank you for your abundant grace toward me. Amen