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The sacrifice of Isaac.

Isaac, Isaac, my son, my son ... I know it makes you nervous when I stare, so I will watch the wall to see the shadow of your face.

Teachers sent home silhouettes when you were young: in clay, hand prints, footprints, profiles, marks that you left behind. But still it is your face.

Years ago you stared at me, your eyes were trusting, learning, free of fear, doubt, pain. Your eyes would laugh at me when I would make a face.

Years have elevated eyes and now you watch the world from my perspective: big goals and big falls, accomplishment! big grin on face.

Now I take the knife to cut you free. Obedient, you let me have my way. I give you life and death. You do not turn your face.

STEVEN SHOEMAKER is Pastor of McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.
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Author:Shoemaker, Steven
Publication:Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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