“You are now pregnant and shall bear a son; you shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard you, God has answered you.” —Genesis 16:11

Everyone and everything Abram touched was blessed. Since Sarai was barren, she told Abram to have intercourse with her maid Hagar to raise up offspring. Thereby, Hagar conceived Ishmael. Although her son was not part of the chosen people, he was blessed as the father of countless people.

Prayer: Father, may every baby be seen as a blessed gift.
Promise: “To the Lord Who spoke to her she gave a name, saying, ‘You are the God of Vision.’ ” —16:13

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