The God who sees

“The Lord our God is the God who sees — even in our smallness, our invisibility, our sorrow, our brokenness. He sees us. He hears our cries, our prayers, our petitions. He sees. He hears. He answers. He gives us access to himself through Christ, but he also gives us each other — giving us others to love and to love us — so that we may reflect his love with love.”

St. Val the Urban Monastic

The angel of the LORD found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur.  The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from and where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied.

The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her authority.”  Then he added, “I will give you more descendants than you can count.”

And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son.  You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the LORD has heard your cry of distress.  This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.”

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