Thought for the Day: Joseph interpreted a couple of dreams while in prison. One brought good news and the other brought the news of death. For the cupbearer, the news was good, and Joseph made a request. The hope was for the cupbearer, once he was out of prison and before the Pharaoh, would mention Joseph’s name (and maybe his dream interpreting skills). Can you imagine finding yourself in the cupbearer’s shoes (sandals)? You’re lucky to be out of prison and back in the good graces of the court. Should you really push your luck, or just keep quiet? I think a lot of folks would choose silence, choosing to look out for self alone. Could you blame them? Yet the cupbearer showed kindness and spoke a good word about Joseph, and it was his willingness to speak to Pharaoh that moved forward God’s redemptive work of Joseph’s life? It was just a small act of kindness, but without it I wonder if we’d even know the story of Joseph. Maybe we would only know that some wild animals had killed him. Remember, that was the story his brothers made up before selling him into slavery.
Prayer: My little act of kindness, even when it may cause some potential concern for my life, could be exactly what you, O Lord, are requesting. Encourage me; give me a spirit of boldness; allow me to speak with confidence. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge