Step One of this lesson also on video!
Technological advances such as DNA science and social media make possible things that would have otherwise seemed impossible, or at least, improbable. For example, long-lost family members, such as in cases of adoption, can find each other after a lifetime apart. Case in point: this pair of siblings who were separated as babies and reunited as adults.
Play this following video [3:31].
DNA test reunites Korean adoptees 34 years later
- Why do you think it was important to these siblings to find each other? How would you describe their experience of reconnecting? (Accept all reasonable answers. These siblings felt a gap in their life knowing they had, or might have, family out there somewhere. It was an emotional and joyful experience.)
- What would it be like to meet a sibling you never knew you had? What worries or expectations would you have? (Accept all reasonable answers. You might worry or hope that you would get along, that they would be a good person, etc. You might wonder whether they will feel like a stranger or if there will be an instant connection, if they’ll look like you or like the same things.)
- How would the situation change if you had once been close with the sibling and then had a falling out before you parted? What worries or expectations would you have about reuniting then? (Accept all reasonable answers. In this scenario there may be more tension, or uncertainty on whether there will be anger, forgiveness, etc.)
In today’s story, Joseph and his brothers reunite, but more than that, they reconcile. Whereas there had been jealously and violence before, now there was repentance and forgiveness, and thankfulness to God for where they found themselves. Many things in this world are broken—relationships included—but God specializes in reconciliation, mending what has been torn, restoring what has been shattered.