Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph's brothers said, "What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?" So they approached Joseph, saying, "Your father gave this instruction before he died, 'Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.' Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father." Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, "We are here as your slaves."
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"Helicopter parents" is a phrase that refers to parents who protect and rescue their children and fight their battles for them. In their defense, it is because the children are so greatly valued. We want no harm to come to them physically or emotionally. Sometimes it just isn't a good idea to be flung into the deep end of the pool and left there. However, the time comes when boys become men and girls become women and they must know how to fight their own battles and stand on their own two feet. The sons of Israel could no longer count on their father to bail them out of trouble or use his power to manipulate what they wanted to achieve. They were left with the option to start to grow up by learning to get on their knees. That is an important part of growing up - to know one's limitations.
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Lord God, grant us the gifts we need to serve your purposes in the world. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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