Family Dynamics

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”

33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.

34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.

35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. Genesis 29:31-35

Once again we see the “unloved” wife bearing children while the more desirable or loved wife not being able to. There was undoubtedly conflict between the two sisters. It could have not been easy living under the same roof. Awkward would be the appropriate word.

There is a sadness in Leah’s words and thoughts about the situation. She was clearly the unloved girl of the sisters, and her words tell the story. The entire story of this part of the family, however, will get much worse before it gets better.

Family dynamics in the best of situations can be tricky to navigate. Everyone reading this knows that statement to be true.

If they’re still around, pray for your parents and siblings.

Pray that God’s will be done in their lives and that family get-togethers would be a time of rejoicing.

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