I am doing better by leaps and bounds. I have found employment through the freelance agency. It’s not much for wages, but it is a start. My new client is going to give me a rave review on the service which will help me get more jobs in the future. As for everything else, we are taking it day by day, one prayer at a time. I think we have already resigned to the fact that we are going to move in with Henry’s sister. This means we will be on the bus line, and Henry will be able to get back and forth to work. I love Louisiana, and I am grateful for Valerie for letting us come here and stay, but the opportunities are not what we thought they were going to be.
The upside to the move is that we will closer to my friends that I have made while I was living in GA, and being able to take the bus means we will be able to meet them and spend time with them. I will miss Louisiana, but, when, not if, we are back on our feet and rolling again, we wouldn’t mind coming to visit.
We left off with Joseph, who was sold in to slavery, put in jail, and left to rot. His faith sustained him through his trials, and God rewards him. How? By being the only one in Egypt that can translate the Pharaoh’s dreams. The Pharaoh, in turn, gives Joseph status and wealth. Joseph helps the Pharaoh by advising him on how to avoid the famine after the bumper crops. So along comes his brothers, remember them? The ones, save Reuben, who through him in a hole, sold him, and then went back to Israel and told him that Joseph was dead? Yep, they have come to by grain for bread, and they don’t even recognize their brother who is now before them giving them terms they must follow in order to gain the food they wish to purchase. The funny part is that he gives it to them anyway, and returns their money, scaring the crap out of them. Oh, that Joseph, it seems to me that he let go of his resentment, if he ever had any, towards his brothers and has forgiven them. Forgiveness, it’s a wonderful thing, truly, but a lot of people err in thinking that forgiveness is for the enemy. Nope, forgiveness is for you and the betterment of your soul. Letting go, forgiving those that have slighted you may not be easy, but holding on to anger, resentment, and hatred only damages the person holding the grudge in the long run.
Now, on to those pesky Pharisees. Jesus is teaching, ministering, and healing to all those in need, and here come the Pharisees to mock Him, and try to catch him doing an illegal act. They point out that his followers should not be picking corn out of the fields on the Sabbath. He tells Him that He is the Lord of the Sabbath and that they are guiltless. They accusingly point to a man whose hand is maimed and say that it is illegal to heal on the Sabbath. Jesus returns with asking them if a sheep of one of their kin falls into a well on the Sabbath, do they wait until the next day or do they help retrieve the sheep from the well?
Up until now, we had been taught that the Sabbath should be kept holy and that no toils should be done on that day because the Father rested on the seventh day. Now, Jesus is telling us that we do not have to go hungry or forgo doing good deeds on the Sabbath, and that no one will be punish for helping others and eating. He is rewriting what the Sabbath is. He is the new hope. He is the one in which we should put our faith, hope, and love. He is the one that lifts our burdens and makes us whole.
Until next time, God Bless