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Oct 29, 2017 • Wrestling for a Blessing • David Vásquez-Levy • 10 am Sermon

David Vasquez-Levy
Sunday Oct 29, 2017 10:00am
Sermon

On the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Rev. David Vásquez-Levy, President of Pacific School of Religion, reflects on the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel (Genesis 32:22-13 and Jan Richardson’s poem “Jacob’s Blessing”). Jacob cannot move forward in his life without facing the consequences of decisions he made as a young man. His struggle with the man/angel/God is step toward reconciliation. He suggests that we are in a time in our country when we need to reconcile with our past—slavery, the dispossession of land from Native Americans, etc.—in order to move forward. We need new ways of thinking morally, to “blow our minds, embolden our hearts and strengthen our hands.”

Scripture
Genesis 32:22-31
Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Sermon Series
#BlessedTomorrow
Content Categories
Progressive Christianity
Social Justice
Racial Justice
Environment
Inclusion/Diversity
Community
Love
Spirituality
Service
Keywords
Jacob
wrestling
angel
reconciliation
past
liminal space
God-wrestling