Reframing the Past in Order to Live in the Present and Have Hope for the Future

Then his brothers came and bowed low before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.  No, don’t be afraid. Indeed, I myself will take care of you and your families.” And he spoke very kindly to them.

The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, “All these years I’ve worked hard for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to do.  And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the finest calf we have”. His father said to him, “Look, dear son, you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours.  We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother has come back to life!  He was lost, but now he is found!”      

-Genesis 50:18-21

-Luke 15:28-32

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