I’ve not been feeling great about being a bloke over the the last few days. I’ve just finished some online safeguarding training looking at domestic abuse, and it’s harrowing to discover how the restrictions and limitations endured during COVID, have been used to the further advantage of some men in their households. At the same time, I’ve grown increasingly aware of the sense of privilege that some younger males carry with them, where again physical strength and force can be used both to their advantage, and to the disadvantage of others.
In our service last Sunday, we reflected on the experiences of another young man who thought he had it all. In his dreams he even thought he could take on God himself when it came to wrestling. Jacob was on the run and on his own, having tricked his brother out of his birthright. However, despite his many failings, God engaged and then remained with him, ending with the following affirmation;
“…..And behold, I am with you and I will protect you wherever you go..” Gen 28.15a
Whoever we are, and whatever levels of power feel feel we may possess, may we all know our God journeying with us, whereby we might then be a blessing to others.
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Keep the faith.