So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”
– Genesis 32:27
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If you’re lucky, there comes a moment, a moment of clarity.
At this moment, “the hopes and fears of all the years” find some resolution.
It involves an unveiling. Heavy drapes of self-denial are rent in twain from top to bottom.
A sudden burst of light, and you can see.
The game is over.
The mask is lifted.
Your hiding place discovered, there you are, naked as the day you were born.
And all it may take is a question you’ve been answering all your life. Except nobody will ever have asked it like that. Nobody will have ever looked so deep in your eyes while the pain from your wounded hip throbs and scenes from your life race through your mind.
You are Jacob. There, you said it.
And you’ve been limping ever since.
Never has your path been so straight.