Monday, March 23, 2015


Specifically poignant because some translations of Num 11:12 have Moses asking if he is a "foster father" (others use the term "nurse").

In the desert, Moses sighed
Raised his voice to God and cried
"Release me from this burden, Lord"

"I'm not a father," so he said
And, tired of those he had led,
He'd rather face a deadly sword

Skip past fourteen hundred years:
Another father-figure's fears
When he heard news of his new wife

But unlike Moses, he accepted
His new role as he protected
Mary and her child's life

But the twists do not end there
As Jesus, under Joseph's care
Would also ask for drink and food

Across those same Egyptian sands
He carried God in his own hands
This gracious, silent man of good.

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