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|As we continue to choose, God continues to save|
In Pam Farrel's book, "The 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make," we find this statement; "Most of us can handle it if our face doesn't grace the cover of a magazine or our name doesn't make it up in lights. But sometimes, when we don't get the raise we've been banking on, when we come across yet another pile of wet towels and dirty clothes on the bathroom floor, when we come home night after night to an empty apartment, we can start to wonder if anyone even knows we exist."
There is an Egyptian woman mentioned in the Bible who is apparently quite respected by the woman for whom she works. As a matter of fact, this maidservant is selected to bear a child for the woman's husband.
We have discussed this story in a previous article concerning Abraham and Sarah. This week I would like to focus on the maidservant named Hagar. How one considers Hagar will depend on one's religious beliefs. Some may consider Hagar and her son Ishmael as mistakes. It's obvious that Sarah viewed them as such. She does everything in her power to do away with them. She no longer refers to Hagar as a maidservant, but instead refers to her as a slave woman.
For the full column, see Page 5B of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.