The same night he 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 struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s 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 there 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 his hip.
God, encourage us to bring our brokenness to you, to wrestle with the Holy Mystery even when we aren’t sure what is right or who deserves justice. Thank you for engaging with us and that we can bring the whole weight of our thoughts, questions, ideas and feelings to you. Thank you for inviting our rigor, persistence and intensity. Help us to walk with you without fear. Give us a glimpse of the vision of that day when you will reconcile all people and things and bring justice to all the earth. For that day, for all those hurting this day, we pray as your humble and faithful followers. #ACoBAmen
*This #BlessedBreak was inspired by a worship drama and Debi Thomas’ Sunday Coming.