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Had I Been Joseph's Mother

Prodigals and Those Who Love Them, Ruth Bell Graham, 1991, Focus on the Family Publishing, p. 69

Had I Been Joseph's Mother

Had I been Joseph's motherI'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' motherI'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?&md;and she but Pharaoh's daughter?

Had I been Daniel's motherI should have pled "Give victory!&md;this Babylonian horde godless and cruel&md;Don't let him be a captive&md;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...&md;but crucified."

With such prayers importunate my finite wisdom would assailInfinite Wisdom.God, how fortunateInfinite Wisdom should prevail.