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SACRIFICIAL LOVE:


(Poem by Ruth Bell Graham)


Had I been Joseph’s mother

I’d have prayed

protection from his brothers

"God, keep him safe.

He is so young,

so different from

the others."

Mercifully,

she never knew

there would be slavery

and prison too.


Had I been Moses’ mother

I’d have wept

To keep my little son:

praying she might forget

the babe drawn

from the water

of the Nile.

Had I not kept

him for her

nursing him the while, ’ was he not mine?--and she

but Pharaoh’s daughter?


Had I been Daniel’s mother

I should have pled

"Give victory!

--this Babylonian horde

godless and cruel--

Don’t let him be a captive—better dead,

Almighty Lord!"


Had I been Mary,

Oh, had I been she,

I would have cried

As never mother cried,

"Anything, O God,

Anything … --but

crucified.

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