Genesis 45:4, 15
So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. … And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them.
There are so many intimate moments in the Old Testament I wish I could’ve witnessed firsthand. Moments like the creation of Adam: to see whether God really bent down on His knees, as it were, reached his hands into the dirt, and softened the soil with His own tears as He formed His most precious work of art. Then, of course, I’d stay a bit longer to watch the creation of Eve: to see the moment she looked into Adam’s eyes, and Adam looked into hers, and to behold the awe in their gaze: the innocence: the perfection of love. Then, I’d fly over to Genesis 45, into this private room where Joseph embraces Simeon and Judah and Levi, because the more I try to reflect on this reunion, the more I just yearn to be in it.
Friend, take this to heart today: not only can God restore your fractured relationships, but He wants to, because His vision for our lives is one of unity. So reach out to that distant friend today. Say the words, “Come near to me, please.” And give the kiss that brings them back.