Genesis 29:13–14 (ESV)
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel (Part 3)
13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14 and
Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.
This is a short passage today, but we see the joy of
relatives coming together. This reminds me of a time I was doing genealogical research and found where some of my relatives had lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. My wife and I traveled there the following weekend and found a lot of information on
my unknown relatives at the library. I was too late, they had died about 10 years before. I found some names in the obituary and called them that night, even though they were another state away. The conversation was awkward at first, but
then there was a lot of excitement as we made the connections and knew we really were related. The relative I called was 84 years old at that time and he was so excited, that he drove from Missouri to Dallas, TX to visit me. My Mom and Dad came
up from Houston to meet them too. It was an exciting weekend as we all came together to learn about two sides of the family that had long since separated. This is what is happening in today’s reading. They find out “Surely you
are my bone and my flesh!”
I pray: O Lord, it is exciting to find and reconnect family relationships
that have been lost for whatever reason. I look forward to life in heaven where we will know everybody that died in the faith. Help me to trust in the faith you gave me. Amen.