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THE DEAN WRITES:
Dear Parishioners and Friends around the World,
So many TV dramas, films and books these days depict family problems. They have all manner of emotions and attitudes - anger, bitterness, mistrust, bullying, lying and deceit – to name but a few! Even when the 'fighting' has stopped it is just an interlude before another 'bombshell' is dropped! It is rare to see families happily united.
The Bible records numerous family discords but one family upset does end happily – the story of Joseph. In Genesis chapter 37 we read of Joseph‘s brothers turning against him. They plot to kill him but instead sell Joseph to merchants who take him to Egypt. It is likely that modern day novelists or film script-writers would use this opening scenario to give Joseph justification for revenge. Perhaps there would be a dramatic escape from Egypt followed by Joseph unleashing his vengeance on all his brothers!
But the Bible story is very different. Joseph is not a young man filled with hatred. Instead he grows up as a slave in Egypt with a deep trust in God and love in his heart. When Joseph is eventually reunited with his brothers he shows no malice. He is so overwhelmed with love for his family that he cries openly in front of them. He hugs and kisses all of them. A family feud that concludes with forgiveness is not the expected climax for a blockbuster movie!
Real life is often full of surprises! Joseph said to his brothers "Now do not be upset or blame yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people‘s lives." Isn‘t this an amazing statement? Despite all the physical and emotional pain Joseph experienced, he knew that God was with him. Joseph believed that nothing had happened to him by accident and refused to be crushed by his adverse circumstances. Joseph was convinced that God was in control of his life and that he was in Egypt for a specific purpose. This story is an encouragement to us because it shows that God is close to those who love Him. Even when we are bewildered by troubles, illness, family upsets, hardships and when life deals us cruel blows, God is with us. Whatever our personal need, the life of Joseph gives us hope. God will never abandon those who belong to Him.
"My trust is in you, O Lord…. you are my God. My times are in your hand." (Ps 31:14-15)
Yours very sincerely,
Kenneth R J Hall
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