When people talk about spirituality, they often do so with language that’s very gentle and calm. They use language that would be appropriate to describe a quiet meadow next to a gently flowing stream with birds quietly chirping in the background. And of course, God can and does sometimes come to us in that manner. Yet, that’s not at all what Jacob’s encounter with God is like in Genesis 32. There, God basically jumps Jacob. There’s nothing calm or serene about this encounter. It’s full of struggle and desperation. Jacob is knocked to the ground and even crippled. And yet, this is the strange path to his blessing. To hear more, you can listen to our sermon from this past Sunday.