This week, God makes himself known to Jacob and renames him to be called Israel. He is promised and blessed with the land for his generations of offspring. The name Israel is a blessing unto itself; the blessing that we as a people have the privilege to struggle with God, be in constant contact and discourse with God and have a growing, thriving relationship with God as a people-hood. May this ability to be able to have an intimate relationship with holiness be present in each of our lives.
Photo: Nachal Lavan, Nitzana area, Israel