God redeems Hagar, the lowest of the low, just like Jesus always treasured and esteemed the lowest of the low. Wow! Just like Jesus!


Five years ago {yes, five!} we found out about Charlotte’s heart defect.

That was the day that, in a dimly lit ultrasound room, Dr. Milazzo said to Tim, “Mr. Tousey, why don’t you have a seat next to your wife?”

I won’t relive the whole day for you, but that began a journey of faith the likes of which we had not seen before, and certainly were not expecting.

Faith, yes. But not some sort of forced faith that we conjured up on our own. A friend remarked a few years ago that it was evident God had given Tim and me a gift of faith, and I agreed wholeheartedly. It became obvious that God had been planting his strength in us along the way so that when we got the sucker-punch of our lives, we weren’t knocked over. Brought to our knees, yes, but not felled.


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  1. I’d never noticed that Ishmael was so old. But yes, I see it says Abraham was 86 when Ishmael was born, and 100 when Isaac was born, and Hagar left with Ishmael when Isaac was weaned, which was maybe three years later, so Ishmael would have been a strapping young lad, nearly full grown.

    I feel such an affinity for Hagar, too. I’m writing a short story about her. I *love* how, although she’s the least powerful character in the story, her story itself has so much power. Hagar is a slave and she’s Egyptian, for a start. I can’t imagine what life was like as a slave. Even her body was not her own. She is obliged to sleep with the elderly Abraham (would we call that rape, nowadays?), and she is later beaten by Sarah, so badly that she feels her only chance is to run away, into the desert. To run into the desert she must have been desperate. What courage that must have taken.

    God tells her to go back. She obeys. Years later, when everything is thrown upside down again, off she goes into the desert, again, as Jennifer explains above. Hagar is nothing and nobody, yet God reveals himself to her. Hagar is the only person who says “I have seen God” and she names God ‘The God who sees me’ (El Roi). Hagar is freed from slavery, God saves her life, saves the only thing that gives her life meaning (her son) and provides for them for the rest of their days. I love Hagar.

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