And Sarah stomped out of the tent,

leaving Abraham and young Isaac, newly returned

from their remarkable outing on Mt. Moriah.

Sarah went in search of God.

"Where are You, Lord?

Come to me and explain.

They say we are all Your children,

that You created the whole world.

But you did it with a WORD!

I bore Isaac out of my pain and blood.

Who are You to ask—no, demand—

to put him under the knife,

to take his life?

No, just the threat, AS A TEST?!

What would a child think?

What scars will he have under his skin?

How long must I rock him in the night?

And then who will comfort me?"

Keith Tornheim, August 5, 2008