Parashat Vayigash, Holding onto God in the midst of our suffering.


 One of the most memorable moments in the Story of Yoseph (Joseph), in this week’s Parsha, Parashat
Vayigash, is when Yoseph wept over his brothers forgiving them of their sin against him. 
Bereshit / Genesis 45:2 He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it,
and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.  45:3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph!
Is my father still alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
  45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Please come closer to me.’ And they came closer.
And he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.  45:5 ‘Now do not be
grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 
  Yoseph’s suffering was meant for good, to save and to preserve life. 
Yoseph understood that we cannot escape the trials and tribulations that come our way as believers and that
it is imperative we hold on to what we know about God and worship Him in the midst of our suffering. 
Yoseph’s testing and trials resulted in his testimony for the Lord,
God sent me before you to preserve life.”

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