Writing 101: To Whom it May Concern

The writing prompt is:

Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there. 

Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter.

This is not part of my daily devotions. I am taking a writing class with prompts, trying to gain some better writing skills, and go beyond my comfort zone in writing. I’m not good at writing letters, so this is a challenge.

Dear Jacob,

You had unyielding faith and determination when you wrestled against that angel all night.

That evening, you were by yourself thinking about your brother, and how you had wronged him. He was coming toward you with four-hundred men. Was he coming to hurt you or greet you?  I bet that was a frightening thought! You weren’t about to let the angel go until he blessed you. The angel even struck your hip socket, and threw it out of place, but still you hung on, hoping for that blessing.

You succeeded! That angel blessed you by changing your name to Israel. He said you were like a prince that had power with God and men, and that you prevailed.

I would love to hear an angels voice, but I am glad I didn’t have to physically fight with a heavenly entity.

You know, I have a hard time wrapping my brain around this concept. I had to do some research. The best explanation I found was that you were wrestling against the fear of adversity with your brother. You were worried about this sin hanging over your head. You really deceived Esau, your brother, and wanted God’s blessing and forgiveness for past mistakes. You weren’t about to let go of God’s mercy, and you wanted affirmation of that. God gave it to you.

You could now go on in faith, knowing that you were part of God’s big plan. He wanted to make a nation out of your descendants. You stole the birthright that really belonged to Esau, but now you fought for it, for your place with God.

I wonder if you finally had a sense of belonging to God? Maybe you had a sense that you got God’s blessing the hard way, not by stealing it from your brother anymore. No more weight of that sin from your youth hanging over your head.

When you met your brother, you did so graciously, sending gifts ahead of yourself. You sent messengers to Esau, explaining where you had been, and what your intentions were. I know you were apprehensive about what would happen. I am sure you were wondering if you could win the mercy and forgiveness of Esau too?

Yes, you did! Your brother ran to you when he saw you! He wept, and kissed you. He had forgiven the sins of your youth! Esau didn’t want your rich gifts, he just wanted his brother back. You urged him to take those gifts because you had been so blessed by God, and wanted him to receive some of those blessings too. How wonderful redemption is!

This meeting with your brother, and the incident with the angel were life-changing events. You handled them so well. I’m glad you were faithful and that you determined to do the right thing. You made amends with your past, giving you the ability to move forward with God’s purpose.

What a life you’ve lived!

May God’s blessings be upon his people, and may we seek His mercy and love always!




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