A song and soundscape dwelling on a deeply difficult decision made by a Sarai and Abram in Genesis 16.

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This piece is in response to Genesis 16:1-2

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. Read the passage in Context.

This song imagines a modern couple in a similar situation. In another room from his wife, the husband prepares to propose a similar solution as the one Sarai and Abram navigated.

The great thing about exploring the Bible using music or other time-based art is that it can stretch out moments that are hugely significant yet only represented by a few verses. It also helps us understand and empathize with people from a seemingly very distant time and culture.

The artwork accompanying this piece is a detail of a painting by Charis Carmichael Braun, used by permission. To see more of Charis’ work go to charisjcarmichaelbraun.tumblr.com

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