thank you that you see when others are unkind to us
give us grace (like Jacob) to hear your voice and be obedient to it or (like his wives) to discern your voice speaking to others and be obedient to it.
[Jacob said to Rachel and Leah]: 10 During mating season, I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which leaped on the flock were streaked, speckled, and grizzled. …more
give us grace in difficult relationships to listen to you (as laban did),
and refrain from making things worse (as Jacob and Rachel did) and from hankering after other Gods (as Rachel did)
17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives on the camels,more
18 and he took away all his possessions to go to Isaac his father, to the land of Canaan.
19 Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep; and Rachel…
give us grace to be honest about our fears (as Jacob did)
give us grace to avoid making rash statements when we are not in full possession of the facts (as Jacob did)
26 Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done, that you have deceived me,more
and carried away my daughters like captives of the sword?
27 Why didn’t you tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth and with songs;
give us grace to resolve conflicts today,
and when it is time to go separate ways, give us grace to do so with love and blessings
36 Jacob was angry, and argued with Laban. “What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued me?more
37 Now that you have felt around in all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff?
Set it here before my relatives and your relatives, that they may judge between us…
give us grace, when faced with what we fear, to lift up our eyes and voice to you.
1 Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 When he saw them, Jacob said, “This is God’s army.” ]
3 Jacob sent messengers in front of him to Esau, his brother,more
4 He commanded them, saying, “This is what you shall tell my lord, Esau:
‘This is what your servant, Jacob,…
give us grace to be creative in our use of resources in the pursuit of peace
13 Jacob stayed there that night, and took from that which he had with him a present for Esau, his brother:more
14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
15 thirty milk camels and their colts, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten foals.
16 He delivered them into the hands of his servants, every herd by itself,…
give us grace to dare to be alone with you, and the grace to have an honest struggle with you.
22 He rose up that night, and took his two wives and eleven sons and 23 sent them over the Jabbok stream.more
24 Jacob was left alone, and wrestled with a man there until the breaking of the day.
25 When he saw that he didn’t prevail against him,
the man touched the hollow of his thigh,
and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained as he wrestled…
give us grace to be courageous and humble in difficult situations today, like Jacob
give us grace to so focus on loving relationships that we are forgiving
1 Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men.more
He divided the children between Leah, Rachel, and the two servants.
2 He put the servants and their children in front, Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph at the rear.
give us grace to act graciously to others (as Jacob did), and faithfully to you (which Jacob didn’t)
8 Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company which I met?”more
Jacob said, “To find favour in the sight of my lord.”
9 Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; let that which you have be yours.”
10 Jacob said, “Please, no, if I have now found favour in your sight,
fill us with your grace, even after we have done what is wrong (like Shechem)
fill us with your grace when others have done wrong (like Jacob and Hamor)
34 Dinah, the daughter of Leah, went out to see the daughters of the land.more
2 Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her. He took her, lay with her, and humbled her.
3 His soul joined to Dinah, and he loved the young lady, and spoke…
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