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 mother Had I been Moses' mother Had I been Daniel's mother Had I been Mary, With such prayers importunate
I'd have prayed protection from his brothers
"God, keep him safe.
He is so young, so different from the others."
she never knew there would be slavery and prison, too.
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?
&md;and she but Pharaoh's daughter?
I should have pled "Give victory!
&md;this Babylonian horde godless and cruel&md;
Don't let him be a captive&md;better dead,
Oh, had I been she,
I would have cried as never mother cried,
"Anything, O God, Anything...
my finite wisdom would assail
God, how fortunate
Had I been Moses' mother Had I been Daniel's mother Had I been Mary, With such prayers importunate
Had I been Daniel's mother Had I been Mary, With such prayers importunate