The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26 ESV)
That is the blessing which God commanded Moses to give Aaron and his sons. Aaron was the first high priest of Israel, and his sons were anointed to serve under him as priests. This was the blessing they spoke over the people of Israel, so that God’s name went before them and he would bless them. I like to place my hands on any man being ordained as a deacon or into the ministry and say these words. It is a fitting and appropriate way to ask God’s blessing on others.
There is another phrase often borrowed from scripture Continue reading
This post is very personal and way too long; but I feel it’s a story that must be told.
You don’t hear about it much anymore, but during the 70’s a concept known as equal time or equal opportunity was hotly debated. Television stations had to provide an equal amount of broadcasting time for both sides of a political issue. 1959 and 1971 are banner years regarding amendments and exemptions to the Congressional Act if you get really interested. I just wanted everyone to remember there was such a thing.
For a number of years, it didn’t look like my wife and I would be having any children. We were married in 1997; in 2002 she tested positive for the first time on a pregnancy test. We laughed, we cried, then we called everybody we knew. We started picking out names, and one person wanted to be the first to give the baby a gift. Then around 12 weeks or so we made a trip to the emergency room, and found out the she had already miscarried. The event was traumatic; much worse than never becoming pregnant at all. Continue reading