Had I been the mother of
Rebecca, kind and fair,
Would I have been inclined to send
Her off to who-knows-where?
If I had known the tension that
Her family would face,
I surely would have asked that she
Stay longer than ten days.
I’d wish that my will would be done
To spare my child from pain,
But would I have foreseen the cost–
Her life lived out in vain?
See Genesis 24. Inspired by a poem by Ruth Graham Bell.