Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. He presented himself to him, fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. Israel said to Joseph, ‘I can die now, having seen for myself that you are still alive.’ (Genesis 46:29-30)
Relationships and love are the most important things in life. Jacob knew this as he approached the end of his life. As a very elderly man, Jacob completed a very arduous journey from Canaan to Egypt, where Joseph’s bothers carried him the entire distance. He left without hesitation, risked his health, and left his homeland for the chance to lay his eyes on Joseph and embrace him before he died.
Work, social media, and smart phones are just some of the numerous modern distractions from human personal relationships. Not only do these things take our time from loved ones, but they pull us farther apart from daily human to human contact. Joseph’s reaction to fall on his father’s neck and remain there is a reminder of the importance of human to human contact in our modern world and the power of loving hug or embrace. In recent years, my own father has started to always greet me with a hug. My entire life we had previously greeted each other with a handshake. The hugs that we now share at greeting each other have stronger sense of love and connection.
God, please remind us of the importance of relationships in our lives. Help us connect with each other, and help those who feel alone to build relationships and feel loved.
Connor Riseden — Engineer, Father, Fisherman