Scripture for Thursday after the First Sunday in Advent

Genesis 45:4-8 (ESV)

4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Heavenly Father, so often when something bad happens, we wonder why You allowed us to occur. We see only the immediate situation and don’t know Your plan for us that is always for our good. Help us to recognize that what seems bad to us at the time is part of Your perfect plan and will work together for good to all of those who love You. Open our hearts to accept those things we don’t understand, knowing that we will fully understand one day when we stand before You. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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