A wondrous coat of many colors,
Is how our story starts.
The tale of Joseph, son of Jacob,
A son dear to his father's heart.

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A handsome lad of seventeen,
Who caused no one any bother.
He had received this splendid coat,
As a present from his father.
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A dreamer, too, young Joseph was,
And, of great power, he had dreamt.
But his brothers, filled with envy,
Viewed him with contempt.
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One day while tending to their sheep,,
Their opportunity came.
They spotted Joseph all alone,
And attacked him, without shame.
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They stripped him of his treasured coat,
And threw him down a well.
He would die from thirst and hunger,
He would hear his own death knell.
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But then the brothers changed their minds,
When a caravan came by.
They sold him to the travelers,
And young Joseph did not die.
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They connived to tell their father,
All they had left was Joseph's coat.
Which they had splashed with blood
From a freshly butchered goat.
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"Father! Father!" They rushed home,
"Joseph has been slain!
Wild animals have killed him!
Just his bloodied coat remains."
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His father mourned with broken heart,
He did not know they lied.
He shed his tears on Joseph's coat,
As he, too, died inside.
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Then, through the years that followed,
Major devastation struck the land.
No crops to eat, nor herds for meat,
Starvation near at hand.
~~~
Joseph, living now in Egypt,
Had gained the Pharaoh's favor.
And he was placed in charge,
Of all Egyptian grain and labor.
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Back in Canaan, Joseph's father,
Was starving without food.
So the brothers went to Egypt.
To see what they could do.
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Although many years had passed,
Joseph recognized his kin.
They bowed and scraped and asked for grain,
But they did not remember him.
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Mature now, in mind and soul,
And respectful of his God.
Joseph gave them all the food
That they could eat and haul.
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Then later, he revealed himself,
And, with shame, his brothers wept.
His father overcome with love,
Thought this too wondrous to accept.
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With divine guidance and protection,
God brought this all about.
Selfish jealousies and hatred,
Long gone and soon forgot.
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A family reunited,
Love shown and love returned.
Forgiveness given and accepted,
God's lessons humbly learned.
Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
copyright 2000





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