Two herds of camels, goats and ewes traversed the hilly land
ahead of Jacob, Rachel, Joseph, and their massive band.
In fear he sent his animals on up the road ahead
to pacify his brother who was sure to wish him dead.
Alone that night, when everyone in Jacob’s camp was gone,
he wrestled with an angel in the darkness ‘til the dawn.
At last the angel injured Jacob’s hip, one final blow.
“Unless you bless me now,” said Jacob, “I won’t let you go.”
In struggling with God and man, he surely overcame.
God’s blessing fell on Jacob, calling Israel his new name.
From Peniel he left that day, his walking now impaired;
he knew he saw the face of God, and yet his life was spared.
And so they met, two brothers with a trying history.
But Esau was forgiving, greeting Jacob favorably.
Oh Father in the heavens, I exalt Your holy name;
for yesterday, today, eternally, You are the same.
In prayer I implore, and ask of You repeatedly:
Send down Your power in my life for everyone to see.
I’m staying here before You now until the blessing’s mine,
to take with me into the dark where Jesus’ light can shine.
Please help me, Lord, and strengthen me to do Your will each day,
so that Your name is greatly glorified in every way.
Karri F. Compton