poetry by Colleen Ann Myrhol
A delicate princess
Of fairy tale lore
Brave as a soldier
Who has gone to war
Her words of wisdom
Will melt your heart
Children should never
Have to be so smart
We learn a vow to our Lord is sacred
and must be kept no matter what
your deep devotion to God brought peace
to your beloved father's broken heart
You looked up towards God
when the glistening sword was near
and entered through Heavens Gates
without shedding a single tear
Beautiful blue violets
Align a mountains trail
This star point represented by Adah imbues the inherent characteristics of parental devotion, honor and truth. The violet flowers represent the color blue. The image of the sword and veil united together is its emblem. The sword wielded by the father's hand represents his rule and authority. The veil signifies Adah's determination that her sight and visionary intent should not be obscured or obstructed.
Jephthah went forth to battle. The victory was gained. Rejoicing in his success, Jephthah returned to Mizpeh. the door of his house opened, and "behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances;" Jephthah, when he saw her, cried aloud, "Alas my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back."Adah, casting aside the instruments of rejoicing, answered; "My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth." She had but one request to make, that she might go among the mountains for two months and there with her young friends prepare to meet, in calmness and resignation, her impending fate. The request was granted.
When the time had expired, she was seen, followed by a long train of her friends, winding her way down the mountainside, to the place where her father was prepared to discharge his obligation.
She approached him and with a kiss of affection, bade him farewell. taking hold of the veil which she wore, he threw it gently over her face. she rapidly unveiled herself and said that she needed not to have her face covered for she was not afraid. Her father replied that he could not fulfill his vow while she looked upon him and again cast the veil over her. She threw it off the second time and turning from him, said that she would look up to the heavens, so that he might not be unnerved by the sight of her face. A third time, however, he insisted, and a third time she resolutely cast it off, this time holding the ends of it firmly in her hands. Again she declared that she would cast her eyes upward upon the Source of Light. Jephthah redeemed his vow, and because of the noble qualities she had exhibited, Jephthah's daughter became famous in the annals of Scripture.