Seeing the face of God

Seeing the face of God

Two women greet each other in worshipIn Genesis 33, we're invited to witness an incredibly emotional and spiritual exchange marking a seismic shift in the lives of hurt family members.

A brother who has tricked his dad so he could steal the eldest-son-blessing. A brother who was pained due to broken trust and made plans to literally murder his baby brother.

After years of running from one another post family blessing debacle, Jacob and Esau share a moving reunion—one of embrace, shared tears, and words of forgiveness and reconciliation. Jacob says to his brother,

“If I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God.”

Forgiveness and deep connection with others allow us to see a glimpse of God's face. It gives us the gift of getting a taste of God's personhood. Of experiencing intimacy with the One who made us and made the ones with whom we fight.

May God continue to invite us to flirt with the idea of reconciliation. May God empower us to feel deeply the complexity of sin, pain, hurt, and the aching for things to be made right again. And may God free us to, with time, forgive and be forgiven. For it's through this hard journey that we may even see the face of God.

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