"What aileth thee, Hagar?"

A cold , confining winter was dragging on, and some problems seemed to drag on with it. I began to feel depressed. When I struggled to lift my thought, the question came, "What aileth thee, Hagar?" The words are from the Bible.

Hagar, a bondwoman, had borne Abraham his first son, because Sarah, Abraham's lawful wife, had not conceived (see Gen. 16:1–3; 21:9–20). Later, after bearing the son God had promised, Sarah insisted that Hagar and her son be sent away. Abraham obeyed, but only because God assured him all would be well. Hagar found herself and her son alone in the wilderness. When their small amount of bread and water was spent, Hagar put the child under a shrub to die.

Not too meager to feed the multitude
February 20, 1995

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