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Topic: STRESSED - Begins January 18 / Ends January 25 (01/18/18)
TITLE: The Promise
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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‘What was he thinking?’ said one.
‘How could he do this to his lovely faithful wife’? queried another.
Others were saying the opposite.
‘What does she expect? She gave Hagar to him and now look at the result’.
Sarah retreated into her tent with tears streaming down her beautiful anguished face.
"Yahweh" she cried, You promised!
She can now lord it over me! Flaunting her child; and me, I have lost face! He is now the heir. Where is my son!!! she wailed in travail.
"We have been waiting for ten years and still nothing.
My beloved ‘father of many nations’ is married to me.
What a laugh...!!"
In another tent sat a young Egyptian woman. A new mother rocking her once pregnant body.
Bitter words flowed out of her wounded soul.
"Sarah's behaviour with me was the worst I've ever seen What I did, I don't know!
Isolation strategy like going in her tent and closing the flap. She didn't offer me food or kindness anymore.
Thank God, he is looking after me but this is unbearable.
She had food prepared but that was properly hidden, so I take nothing from her without asking. When I saw her behaviour it made me remember my childhood experiences and the things I saw. The bad memories came flooding back into my mind.
In not sure why she is exhibiting this behaviour but I believe it’s because she wants her space and she is jealous that I produced and she has not.
Every time I came around there was lots of suspicion, accusation, anxiety and misreading everything I said.
Nothing was a joke anymore, so I'm going away."
As the Word revealed there was a resolution.
In the words of a modern writer*
God worked despite their misguided human effort. Yes, God worked through these situations to bring about his will and plans.
Genesis 21: 1-2
The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. 2 And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age.
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