Jacob wrestling

Friday 6 May, day 1 of our 9 days of prayer

Look at the image, meditate a while before scrolling down.

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Come Holy Spirit, meet us at our crossroads.

Read the text with an open mind:

The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he stuck him on the hip socket, and Jacobs hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “let me go, for the day is breaking”. But Jacob said, ” I will not let you go, unless you bless me”. So he said to him, “what is your name?” And he said “Jacob”. Then the man said ” you shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans and have prevailed.”

Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name”. But he said, ” Why is it that you ask my name?” and then he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying,”For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved”

The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of the hip.

(genesis 32.22-31)

Listen for a word with a willing heart.

Our closing Prayer:

God of many names, you offer us the pain and struggle of a re-naming too.

As you show us our true identities, teach us to persevere with the darkness

and so to prevail as the sun rises.

Bless us, even as we limp onwards,

changed by our encounter with Jesus Christ, the living Lord.

Amen

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