Scripture Verse

Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. This is one of the Hebrew babies, she said. Exodus 2:5


Carolyn W. Gillette

Words: Car­o­lyn W. Gil­lette, 2009.

Music: Net­tle­ton Wy­eth’s Re­po­si­to­ry of Sac­red Mu­sic, Part Se­cond John Wy­eth, 1813 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Pharaoh’s Daughter Finding Baby Moses
Konstantin Flavitsky, 1855


Long ago, when Pharaoh’s daughter walked along the riverside,
In a basket in the water was a baby, snug and dry.
Tiny baby! Did his mother give him up so he might live?
Love that gives to save another is a mighty love to give.

Christ, you offered us a blessing—what our life in you can be:
When a child is given welcome, then you also welcome me.
In a world where children suffer and where all need love and care,
Love that leads us to each other is an answer to our prayer.

God, you call us your own children; we’re adopted! We’re reborn!
We rejoice that through adoption, human bonds are also formed.
Bless the ones who welcome children; bless the ones who let them go.
May each child be loved and welcomed; may each church help families grow.