It’s one of the more moving reunions recorded in Scripture. The twin brothers, Jacob and Esau, had parted on the worst of terms. For the next 20 years, they lived completely apart from one another and had no contact.
Prior to their reunion, Jacob had been on pins and needles. He was understandably fearful for his life. Thankfully in this case, time and distance had brought a fresh perspective and a willingness to let bygones be bygones. When that moment of meeting face to face arrived, Jacob was shocked by the actions of his brother. Instead of responding in anger and resentment, “Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept” (Genesis 33:4).
Afterwards, the once estranged brothers began to talk. Early in the conversation, Jacob revealed the thoughts within his heart, “To see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably” (33:10).
Folks, there are friends and family members whom I have been separated from, due to death or physical distance, for far too long. But, one day…one wonderful, amazing day, I will be reunited with them. Some of those reunions may occur in this lifetime, while some may have to wait for the next. But, they are coming, and they will be marvelous.
To insure that each reunion is sweet, however, I may have some work to do in a few cases. You might as well. Maybe today is the day we start preparing for that day. –Dave
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