Replace Hurt with Peace

Text:  Genesis 33:1a & 33:3-5

Scripture Reading: 

33 1 Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming. With him were 400 men. 3 Jacob himself went out in front of them. He bowed down flat on the ground seven times as he was walking toward his brother.

4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob. Esau put his arms around him and hugged him. Then Esau kissed him, and they both cried. 5 Esau looked up and saw the women and children. He asked, “Who are these people with you?”

Jacob answered, “These are the children God has given me. God has been good to me, your servant.”

Reflection: 

Jacob and Esau were twin brothers who had such a bad falling out that their mother helped Jacob run away so that he wouldn’t be killed by Esau. Does your family have any disagreements that lead to people no longer speaking to each other?

Today’s passage is the reconciliation between Jacob and Esau. After years apart they met and instead of one brother killing the other they chose to reconcile, forgive, repair their relationship, and introduce them to their family. The decision to hug after years of wanting to kill his brother couldn’t have been an easy decision. 

How can we create peace in places where there has been long term pain and turmoil? Do we need to forgive? Are there actions that we need to take to help put peace into place?

Prayer: 

Dear God, thank you for the story of Jacob and Esau and their reconciliation. It’s a great reminder that peace is possible even after the most horrible hurtful situations. Help us to see where we can bring peace to where pain has been. Amen.

Focus for the Day: Replace Hurt with Peace

Author: Rachel Dudley, Director of Children’s Ministry