Not a single word this woman ever spoke is recorded in the Bible, but the effects of her words and actions reverberate throughout the pages of Scripture and the years of history. The only time she is called by name is in the genealogies (Ex. 6:20; Num. 26:59), so you have to dig a little deeper to find out why she is worthy of mention. So who is this great woman? Continue reading
Not just anyone can kill a baby;
It takes a degree to commit that crime.
The doctor’s conscience will hurt him—maybe,
But the guy on the street will do some time.
This mother’s heart has been pierced.
“A soft answer turns away wrath.”
The rebuke sits heavily on my ears.
I have no reply,
Genesis 16:1-16; 21:9-17; 25:12
What Do We Know About Hagar?
Hagar (“a stranger”) was the handmaid of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, and she was an Egyptian. It is possible that she was given to Sarah by Pharaoh when she and Abraham were sent out of the land after it was discovered that Sarah was Abraham’s wife (Gen. 12:10-20).
Nursing the hungry infant
Weaning from breast and bottle
Teaching the toddler to walk
There was a lovely princess
Who lived short time ago;
She laughed with other children
And played in sand and snow.
working, schooling, running
sun, eagle, owl, moon
slowing, playing, relaxing
Photo taken just south of Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, 2014
One night I dreamt a dream that made me fear:
My children old were grown, and I, near dead.
I yearned to see them once more gather near,
But they refused to come around my bed.
(to the tune of “So Send I You”)
Lord, here am I to labor unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
Unknown, unloved by all but my dear children,
Lord, here am I to teach my young at home.