Then Laban answered and said to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day for these my daughters or for their children whom they have borne? Come now, let us make a covenant, you and I. And let it be a witness between you and me.” So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. And Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed. Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” Therefore he named it Galeed, and Mizpah, for he said, “The LORD watch between you and me, when we are out of one another's sight. If you oppress my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no one is with us, see, God is witness between you and me.”
by: Cheri Appel.
My mom always wondered why Genesis 31:49 was often used as a benediction. With the wording, “May the Lord watch between you and me, while we are absent one from another,” she would point out the distrust between Jacob and Laban. They were asking the Lord to watch the other person while they were apart. Why a church service would end with such a statement, frustrated her. What a sad comment on a familial, 20-year old relationship. Is God prompting you to make peace in a relationship in your life? Do not settle for a guarded separation such as this one.