Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob, and presented him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Jacob, ‘How many are the years of your life?’ Jacob said to Pharaoh, ‘The years of my earthly sojourn are one hundred and thirty; few and hard have been the years of my life. They do not compare with the years of the life of my ancestors during their long sojourn.’ (Genesis 47:7-9)
As Joseph expressed his gratitude to the benefactor of his family by blessing Pharaoh, Pharaoh asked what would seem to be a common question. How old are you? Joseph reflected on the question and gave an uncommon response. Joseph’s answer demonstrated that he saw his life as a journey, an expedition. Other versions of the scripture translate sojourn as ‘pilgrimage’ — a long journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. A pilgrimage may be a physical journey, or a metaphorical journey.
Our life, our journey, is fuller and richer when we travel with purpose, when we travel with God. This can help give us "a faith to live by, a self to live with, and a purpose to live for."
Dear God- help us on our sojourn towards Easter and through life to know and understand, not only that you are with us; but that when we open ourselves to you, your love, your strength and the example of your son will guide us and deepen the significance
Jeff Klemm — Sojourner through life