March 6: Charles Martel

Battle of Tours

Come save us, Hammer, from Muslim hordes
So we can serve and worship Christ our Lord

The Arabs pierced the Pyrenees, invaded
The Franks, and pounded north toward Tours, where they’d
Plunder the Abby of St. Martin, rich
And holy shrine–but their plan had a glitch,

For Charles Martel avoided roads, and brought
His army over mountains, the blind spot
For Arabs, who had to defeat this force
To get to Tours, and with their many horses

And stirrups (Franks had none), the seventh day
They charged uphill at Franks who fought and stayed
And thrust them back, while others circled round,
Took booty and freed slaves, to their renown.

The Muslim host fled from the enemy
And Christian Charles Martel claimed victory.

Come save us, Hammer, from Muslim hordes
So we can serve and worship Christ our Lord

~Day Williams


 1 The land had famine—besides the famine

Earlier in the time of Abraham—

And Isaac went to King Abimelech

Of Philistines in Gerar. 2 God appeared

To Isaac, saying, “Don’t go down to Egypt;

Live in the land where I tell you to live.

3 Stay in this land a while, and I will be

With you and I will bless you, for to you

And your descendants I will give these lands

And will confirm the oath I swore unto

Your father Abraham. 4 I will make your

Descendants to be numerous as stars

In skies and will give them these lands, and through

Your offspring will all nations on the earth

Be blessed, 5 for Abraham obeyed me and

Kept my requirements, my commands, my laws,

And my decrees.” 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

7 When men there asked him of his wife, he said,

“She is my sister,” for he was afraid

To say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men

Here might kill me due to Rebekah, for

She’s beautiful.” 8 When Isaac had been there

For a long time, Abimelech the king

Of Philistines glanced from a window and

Saw Isaac, who caressed his wife Rebekah.

9 Abimelech had Isaac come to him

And said, “She really is your wife! Why did

You say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said,

               “Because I thought that I might lose my life

Because of her.” 10 Abimelech then said,

“What is this you have done to us? One of

The men might have slept with your wife, and you

Would have brought guilt on us.” 11 Abimelech

Ordered the people: “Anyone who shall

Molest this man or his wife shall surely be killed.”

12 Isaac did plant some crops in that land and

The same year reaped a hundredfold, because

God blessed him. 13 He grew rich; his wealth kept growing

‘Til he grew very wealthy, 14 and he had

So many flocks and herds and servants that

Philistines envied him, 15 so all the wells

His father’s help had dug in the time of

His father Abraham, the Philistines

Stopped up by filling them with earth, 16 and then

Abimelech told Isaac, “Move away

From us; you have become too powerful

For us,” 17 so Isaac moved away from there

And camped in Gerar Valley, settling there.

18 Isaac reopened wells that had been dug

During his father Abraham’s time, wells

Which Philistines had sealed once Abraham

Had died, and he gave them the same names his

Father had given. 19 Isaac’s servants dug

Within the valley and they found a well

Which had fresh water, 20 but the Gerar herdsmen

Quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen and they said,

“We own the water!” So he named the well

Esek, because they quarreled with him. 21 Then

They dug another well, but that one too,

They quarreled over so he named it Sitnah.

22 He moved from there and dug another well,

               And no one quarreled over it. He named

It Rehoboth and said, “The LORD has now

Given us room and we will flourish in

The land.” 23 From there he went to Beersheba.

24 That night the LORD appeared to him and said,

“I am the God of Abraham, your father.

Do not be scared, for I am with you; I

Will bless you and I will increase the number

Of your descendants for the sake of my

Own servant Abraham.” 25 There Isaac built

An altar and he called on the LORD’s name.

He pitched his tent there, and his servants dug

A well. 26 Abimelech had meanwhile come

To him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his

Personal counselor and Phicol, his

General. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you

Come to see me, since you were hostile to

Me and sent me away?” 28 They answered, “We

Saw that the LORD was with you; so we said,

‘We ought to have a sworn agreement’−one

Between us and you. Let us make a treaty

With you 29 that you will do not harm to us,

Just as we did not harm you but instead

We always treated you well and sent you

Away in peace and now God has blessed you.”

30 Isaac then cooked a feast for them; they ate

And drank, 31 and early the next morning all

The men did swear an oath to one another.

Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they

Left him in peace. 32 On that day Isaac’s servants

Came and told him about the well that they

Had dug. They said, “We have found water!” 33 and

He called it Shibah, and down to this day

The town’s name has been Beersheba. 34 When

Esau was forty years old, he wed Judith,

Daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and

Elon the Hittite’s daughter Basemath.

35 To Esau’s folks, each was a broken tooth.