From today’s Old Testament reading, from Genesis: ‘And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob’s thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”’

‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me’. These words ring out down the centuries. We make them our own, praying that God will not let us go, and that He will grant His blessing to us at each moment of our lives as we seek to follow Him.

May we indeed know the richness of that blessing, and may He be close to you this day.