Genesis 21 “Tears & Laughter”

In Genesis 21, the long-awaited Promise of a son is fulfilled, “at the very time God had promised him.” At the same time Sarah’s tears are being turned into laughter, Hagar’s laughter is turned into tears. But she too is given a Promise, though it too will take an extended time to come about. In this chapter we experience the reality of life’s tears and hardships, but also the hope of God’s Promise, that will one day turn our tears into laughter.