Making Amends

Old Testament Lesson

Genesis 32:3-21 (NRSV)

Jacob stole much from his brother Esau through trickery.  The time has come for him to make things right, and he does so by offering gifts.  While these gifts do not replace the birthright and blessing that he received from his father Isaac, it does much to let Esau know that he is aware of the rift his trickery caused.

When we harm others, how do we begin to make amends?  Sometimes it is a kind word, sometimes it takes the form of a gift, but it almost always begins by acknowledging our wrongdoing and asking for forgiveness.

How are you called to make amends with someone you’ve hurt?

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