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My Needs

GENESIS 44:18-34 18Then Judah stepped up to him and said, “O my lord, let your servant please speak a word in my lord’s ears, and do not be angry with your servant; for you are like Pharaoh himself. 19My lord asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or a brother?’ 20And we said to … Continue reading

My Self Loathing

No lectionary today. I have been enjoying writing about the story of Joseph this week. It is one of my favorite stories from the Hebrew scripture and I continue to find inspiration in it, but that’s just not where my head is right now. I have been having a really rough few weeks. I lost … Continue reading

My Desperation

GENESIS 43:1-15 1Now the famine was severe in the land. 2And when they had eaten up the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little more food.” 3But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless … Continue reading

My Karma

GENESIS 42:29-38 29When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, 30“The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly to us, and charged us with spying on the land. 31But we said to him, ‘We are honest men, we are not … Continue reading

My Payback

Genesis 42 6Now Joseph was governor over the land; it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. 7When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke harshly to them. … Continue reading

My depressed mind

Psalm 31 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;           my eye wastes away from grief,           my soul and body also. 10  For my life is spent with sorrow,           and my years with sighing;      my strength fails because of my misery,           and my bones waste away. 11  I am the scorn of all my … Continue reading

My Safe Friends

Mark 2 15And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples – for there were many who followed him. 16When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does … Continue reading

My Strokable Ego

Genesis 39 26b Now Joseph was handsome and good-looking. 7And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” 8But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, with me here, my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that … Continue reading

My Rationalization

Genesis 37 26Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” The story of Joseph and his brothers is pretty ridiculous. These … Continue reading

My Intellect

1 CORINTHIANS 1:20-31 20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to … Continue reading