It has been along time since I read through the Bible. I’m finding that I’ve forgotten many details of some of the stories. As I studied Genesis 32 and 33, I felt genuine suspense at Jacob’s return to Abraham’s land. I sensed the anxiousness of Jacob, who was committed to follow God’s command to return, but terrified that his brother would still seek to kill him and his family. I was impressed with his wisdom to divide up the family so that half could live should things get ugly. Also with his wisdom and humility to send flocks ahead of him as a gift, and have his servants state that Jacob would be the servant of Esau. What would happen? I ran out of time yesterday in my study. It was just like a cliff-hanger for me.
Today I was deeply touched by the continuation of the story. How touching kindness and love Esau showed to his brother to run and greet him. How gracious were the words of Jacob to his brother. Time heals many things. Efforts to be kind and humble, gifts of recognition, and words of healing make a big difference. It helps when both sides seek to repair the relationship.
The study lesson also pointed to a video about two real life brothers, who had a destructive relationship. I wept as I watched this video and saw how things changed. I learned that we don’t always know what is under the surface and why people are unkind. Sometimes it’s deeper. I learned that making and effort, even when a relationship is deeply damaged can sometimes make the difference. Applying the love of Christ to the relationship makes all the difference in the world.
My recommended inspiring video of the day: Two Brothers Apart (at LDS Youth; 6 minutes long)