Friday, July 8, 2011

Heritage from the Lord

There's a Bible verse in Psalms (137:3-5) about the blessing of sons.  It's a piece of folk wisdom that could have been repeated in many cultures.  It's a verse that could (and should) be expanded to include daughters--however, since this is my son Dan's birthday, I'll use it like it is:
3 Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
   the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
   are the sons of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has
   his quiver full of them.
   He shall not be put to shame
   when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
We're back at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp after a few days in Colorado.  My sons Daniel and Jonathan are on staff here and it is such a blessing to hear the good things others say about them.  Both of them have grown spiritually in ways I am only beginning to discover.  In some ways they have grown beyond me.

Praise God for His faithfulness.  It is only because of God that a blessing can come down from one generation to the next.  Sons and daughter are indeed a heritage from the Lord.  Let's do all we can to pray and protect and invest in our own kids and any others we can reach in Jesus' name.

(This afternoon we go to Lake Mills, Iowa to meet my mom and others connected with the "Larson" side of my family... we'll enjoy a dedication of a garden at the home of my mom's dad's dad and mom, Soren and Anna [Boldstad] Larson.  We'll be back at Crossroads on Sunday where we will hear a message from Pastor Paul Gustafson.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!)

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