Wrapped in Steadfast Love

by Lindsay Popperson

But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love; he gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.  (Genesis 39:21)

Where is God when thing are going terribly?

That’s one of the questions I pondered with the kids this morning in Sunday School.  They’re some of our best teachers at this church, some of our wisest ones.  I learned a long time ago that it’s better to ask kids about God than to tell them about God – they have a huge amount of wisdom to share with us.

This morning, we read the story of Joseph – Joseph who brags to his brothers that he’s Dad’s favorite, Joseph who gets a special coat, Joseph who is sold into slavery by his siblings and who later suffers in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.  We all have felt like Joseph – sometimes brash and special, sometimes mistreated and used, sometimes suffering and alone.  “I wonder,” I asked the children, “where you saw God in this story?

After a minute or two of quizzical looks, one of the kids slowly said, “I think God was there with Joseph.  When he was in the pit, and when he was in jail.  God was with him when he was suffering.”

God won’t always fix all of our problems.  God won’t always swoop in and save us from injustice.  But God will always be with us – with us in the fires, with us in the storms, with us in the fights and the injustice and the struggle.

God, be with us when we suffer.  Wrap us in your steadfast love.  Remind us that we are never, ever alone.  Amen.

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