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Genesis 32:Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have lived with Laban as an alien, and stayed until now; and I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male and female slaves; and I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.’ ”

If you’ve been reading along in Genesis you know that Jacob and his brother Esau had a falling out. In fact, it was so bad that Jacob had to flee his homeland to avoid being killed by Esau. One would think the two brothers would never see each other again. But the Lord had other plans. If you read further in this chapter and the next, you’ll see that genuine reconciliation occurs between the brothers.

A relationship that seemed all but dead was brought back to life by the grace of God.

As I’ve said many times in this space, families can be a source of great joy and great pain. We can get crossways with one another, especially with those closest to us. Pride, anger, resentments, grudges can become lasting barriers to loved ones.

Can you think of any troubled relationships in your family? I can. If so, today’s passage can be an encouragement for us all. Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, today we pray for dead, fractured relationships. By your grace, bring them back to life. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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