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God sets the lonely in families. What a blessing for any of us to see our own grandchildren!

BibleGateway: Genesis 48:1-11

ESV Text: Genesis 48:1-11

KJV Text:

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     1 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. 3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, 4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession. 5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. 6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance. 7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.

     8 And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these? 9 And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. 11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 138:
Thou Light of Gentile Nations

— Organ Audio

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1. Thou Light of Gentile nations, 
Thou Savior from above, 
Drawn by Thy Spirit’s leading, 
We come with joy and love 
Into Thy holy temple 
And wait with earnest mind 
As Simeon had waited 
His God and Lord to find. 

2. Yea, Lord, Thy servants meet Thee, 
In every holy place 
Where Thy true Word has promised 
That we should see Thy face. 
Today Thou still dost grant us 
Who gather round Thee here 
In arms of faith to bear Thee 
As did that aged seer. 

3.Be Thou our Joy and Brightness, 
Our Cheer in pain and loss, 
Our Sun in darkest terror, 
The Glory round our cross, 
A Star for sinking spirits, 
A Beacon in distress, 
Physician, Friend, in sickness, 
In death our Happiness. 

4. Let us, O Lord, be faithful 
Like Simeon to the end, 
So that his prayer exultant 
May from our hearts ascend: 
“O Lord, now let Thy servant 
Depart in peace, I pray, 
Since I have seen my Savior 
And here beheld His day.” 

5. My Savior, I behold Thee 
With faith’s enlightened eye; 
Of Thee no foe can rob me, 
His threats I can defy. 
Within Thy heart abiding, 
As Thou, O Lord, in me, 
Death can no longer frighten 
Nor part my soul from Thee. 

6. Lord, here on earth Thou seemest 
At times to frown on me, 
And through my tears I often 
Can scarce distinguish Thee; 
But in the heavenly mansions 
Shall nothing dim my sight; 
There shall I see Thy glory 
In never-changing light.