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Wrestling for a blessing – is there a place for touch in the Church today?


In Gen 32 Jacob was terrified of meeting his brother Esau whose inheritance and blessing he had stolen by deceiving his father many years before. He was alone and vulnerable; fearful that Esau was coming to destroy him. In this moment when everything he had achieved was in danger of being stripped away, he wrestled with the living God, his life and troubled conscience. In that honest and challenging encounter, he received a blessing that opened the way for him to walk into a new dawn. Wounded, chastened, and wiser a new future beckoned. The Church finds itself in such a moment having been publicly and painfully called to account and chastened; rightly so.

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