The Lord’s promises are always fulfilled to the hour.
Or laughter, for both parents had laughed for joy. The best laughing in all the world is that which arises from fulfilled promises; then is our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing.
Abraham’s laughter was no worldly merriment, but a joy which led him to be obedient to the Lord’s will. This is solid pleasure.
When the promise is realised by any of us, others ought to share our joy. Let us tell the saints what the Lord has done for us, that they may rejoice also.
Children are too apt to do this; but how wrong it is for the elder to tease and grieve the younger. God notices it and is displeased.
It was hard for Ishmael to be sent from home, but God ordered it for the best, even for him.
Had she forgotten the Lord who appeared to her before? So it seems. Our forgetfulness of former mercy is the root of present despair.
God takes pity on boys and girls, and hears their little prayers as well as those of their fathers and mothers. Dear children, do you pray?
Thus God who ordered Hagar and her son to be sent away, took good care of them in the desert: he will therefore watch over us if we commit ourselves to his care.
Our Lord is rich and merciful,
Our God is very kind;
O come to him, come now to him,
With a believing mind.
The Lord is great and full of might,
Our God is ever nigh:
O trust in him, trust now in him,
And have security.