VaYeara: "And he appeared"
Genesis 18:1 - 22:24

Visitors often bring good news

And so it was with Abraham with them proclaiming:

"Sarah shall have a son."

Sarah laughed.

"How can this be?"

But with the One who spins the sun into its dance moves the clouds in song and causes laughter in the belly

Anything can happen

Thus where barrenness had always been now G-d would plant fertile lands

A seed would stir and a son would grow

Abraham would touch Sarah's dry and lifeless womb and bring forth living waters of joy

Indeed there would be gentle dancing within

The stranger spoke in truth a giving messenger from G-d

He offered words of hope of prophecy and life

Born to this land to the covenant of Abraham would come a son

A child of both Heaven and Earth

Of G-d and Abraham

To traverse the hills as a shepherd like never known

Gathering flocks with the truth of his mothers and fathers and nurturing them with the food of his spiritual belly


(Rabbi Tad Campbell is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and pastoral counselor and currently serves with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.)
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