Job, a righteous man who becomes a pawn in a wager between God and a satan (accuser), loses everything – his 10 children, his livestock, his crops and all his property. To add insult to injury, covered from head to foot in boils, Job faces friends who, believing in a theology of distributive justice, question him as to what he had done to deserve such losses and suffering and propose that he confess his sins to God. Instead Job calls upon God to hear him plead his innocence and the injustice he was facing. God appears and after praising Job for speaking rightly about God’s fairness and goodness, restores Job to his former bounteous life. Like Jacob at Peniel, Job has spiritually wrestled with God, demanding God’s blessing, and is able to walk away from this divine encounter, albeit with a mark that forever changes his life. Jacob’s mark was a permanent limp from where God struck his hip. Job’s permanent mark is more internal: through his experience of undeserved suffering, Job attains a level of empathy he could never have known otherwise, as evidenced by his extending a portion of inheritance to each of his 3 daughters that was equal to that of each of his 7 sons. Like Job, we have all experienced suffering and not understood why. Some among us have witnessed incomprehensible evil, such as that experienced by Elie Wiesel and other survivors of the Holocaust. But through this struggle of Faith, this wrestling with God, our understanding of God’s message expands and our faith goes deeper.