Drawing Near—Genesis 44


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In this episode of the Bible Bash podcast, Liam Hooper does a new thing.

First, Liam invites listeners to draw near to our new co-host, Don Durham, and invites Don to draw near to listeners as well. We learn a little about Don, who is - among other things - a trained organizational change and transition consultant, and strategic coach helping clients be who they want to be and accomplish what they want to accomplish. Don is also an ordained minister who runs a small farm where he grows food to give away and hosts a podcast about what people are doing to end hunger.

Don and Liam then weave into their conversation a deeper look at the complicated story between Joseph and his brother, especially, Judah. What does the Hebrew phrase, vayigash, mean? And why does the text tell us that Judah, who is already in close proximity to Joseph, draws near to him?

What can we learn from this text about our own sometimes complicated paths to one another, more relationally, and what can we learn about our positions as would be allies and receivers of ally-ship? Listen in as Liam and Don offer some thoughts on these questions.

At the close, as we do, Don offers another, non-Biblical text, a Wendell Berry poem, A Dance.

To find out more about Don Durham, follow these links:
farm: https://healingspringsacres.org/

podcast: https://welcometothetablepodcast.com/

coaching: https://healingspringsacres.org/coaching/

A Dance by Wendell Berry

The stepping stones, once

in a row along the slope,

have drifted out of line,

pushed by frosts and rains.

Walking is no longer thoughtless

over them, but alert as dancing,

as tense and poised, to step

short, and long, and then

longer, right, and then left.

At the winter's end, I dance the history of its weather.

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