Ishmael experienced hatred all his life. (Genesis 21:10) Now, well into his teens, (Genesis 16:16, Genesis 21:5) his father Abraham rejects both he and his mother. (Genesis 21:14)
Their water runs out and what does his mother do? She runs off and sits ‘about a bowshot away” because she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob. (Genesis 21:16a, NIV)
So while Hagar is thinking of her pain, her boy is thinking “Momma rejects/hates me, too.”
Did Ishmael become an archer so that Mom was never out of his range again? (Genesis 21:20)
So then, what are our lonely/ Alzheimer parents in the nursing home thinking? What about that friend going through cancer? And the lonely widower down the street?
Prayer- Lord, forgive us for making life all about ourselves, while our nearest and dearest face life and death alone, feeling unloved, because we haven’t got the guts to be with them. In Christ. Amen.