The Woman Who Laughed

She was a happy child with dreams of marrying
as that every girl had. Each time she watched as
the young ladies were bethrowed With loving care, her maidens

Surround her, with perfumes and

Oils smoothing her skin

Long flowing hair cradles her face

Her eyes enhanced, painted in black,

Fashioned in purple eyelashes


Stepping into a gown of sparkling

Sequins on brocade and ivory lace,

placing sandals on her ringed toes,

And finally silver bracelets and a

Necklace of gold

Looking into the mirror of polished

Metal, she is beautiful and ready to

Be betrothed


With much singing and celebration,

Abraham gently lifts Sara’s veil, taking

His wife to his tent to bare his child


Years swiftly pass and this hope is

Not fulfilled, no sign of life is felt

In her womb, and she is saddened


Unable to conceive, Sarah devises

A plan, inviting her servant, Hagar,

Into her tent to lay with her

Husband, to bare the promised

One and Hagar did bare a son

Calling him Ishmael, and Sarah

Became jealous sending them into

The wilderness


With continued years of waiting,

Her hopes dwindle, looking into

The mirror her face is marred with

Wrinkles and creases, her bones

Waxing old, her back bent,

Hobbling with a stick, with no hope



One night in the coolness of

The evening, Abraham fell asleep,

He was given a dream, and God

Promised him a son and a great nation

In sharing this promise with Sarah

She laughed behind his back, for

She was ninety and Abraham was

One hundred


And Sarah did give birth to the

Promised one

With gnarled hands and a once

Sorrowful heart her fingers are now

Intwined with a babies soft skin,

Whose descendants would fill

The earth like the stars of heaven


And now the laughing woman

Was no longer barren!

Inspired by the story of Abraham

And Sarah in God’s Holy Word

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