FOR FRIDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 41:37-57
“Joseph named his firstborn son Manasseh [He Helps Me Forget], because God helped him forget all his troubles and all about his father’s family.” (Genesis 41:51, GOD’S WORD Translation)
Selective memory is the tendency to remember what one wants to remember. We can choose to remember the good things that we have experienced in life or dwell upon the bad things. While holding onto a bad memory might be helpful sometimes (i.e. remembering how the stovetop can burn our hand might keep us from touching it again); always focusing only our bad memories can really ruin our ability to be at peace today.
Joseph had endured so much heartache from his brothers. Because of their jealousy, they did unspeakable things to him. I wonder if when he was being carried as a bought slave in that caravan if he his heart was filled with bitterness as he remembered all that his brothers had done to him. He may have even stewed over his unjust treatment by Potipher’s wife when he was in prison.
Yet, somewhere along the way, he was able to “forget all his troubles and all about his father’s family”. Or, he chose to be selective about what he would remember. Yet, Joseph was aware that he was not able to do this on his own. That’s why he named his firstborn son Manasseh which means “He Helps Me Forget”.
PRAYER: Loving Lord, cleanse our hearts and minds of those troubles we have incurred which weigh so heavily upon this day so that we might be set free to serve You in love today. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2017 by Steven W. Manskar]