Welcome to Coffee Hour. It’s great to be with you and to be sharing from my heart to yours. This is such an important part of my day, to sit with you, sipping a great cup of coffee, or even tea if you’re not a coffee drinker, quieting the beating of our hearts through the quietness of our minds as we leave our cares behind for just a few minutes and stop for a bit of refreshment and encouragement. I hope you brought your red Strand of Faith along with you … something new to our Coffee Hours. The Strand of Faith is so you and I can tie some knots in it each day to draw encouragement from tomorrow. Oh, what a source of encouragement to know that as we add some knots in our faith, we will not be shaken or unraveled when life’s storms come upon us! Grab your coffee and your Strand of Faith, and come on in for something I’ve wanted to share with you for a while now.
Years ago, when I was like a bird without wings, I started going to a church in Claremont and it became like home away from home for me, a church that truly acted out their belief; that a church is not for perfect people but a hospital for broken people. They nurtured me in many ways but one of the ways was through a program called Alpha wherein anyone in the community could come for dinner and a time of Q&A within their small groups. And it was free! What an outreach!
Anyway, the leader was one of my spiritual giants in my life, incredibly influential in my healing and he talked with and taught all of us – let me tell you there were all walks of life there: those who didn’t know what they/we believed about God; and to those of us who wanted to believe but were stuck for various reasons. I think it was like the third or fourth session that he shared this prophetic message.
I remember being dumbfounded after hearing it and it was a pivotal point in my relationship with a loving God versus a dictating guy who was up there playing Monopoly with my life and liked me but only loved me when I was behaving appropriately or working my tail off! Whew, what a misconception.
This little paragraph had a lot to do with names and one thing I’ve learned, especially from studying His Love Letters, is that there is always something behind a name. Isn’t that the truth for us today as well? For those of us who are moms, do you remember researching for meanings of names as the gift of a child grew inside of you? I wanted a name that meant something and when I couldn’t come up with one, I began to think about the special people in my family … that is the family I married into, so my son was named after his dad and then his uncle as well as my foster brother. I wanted to keep a name going in the family for name’s sake …
I did, however, do some research on naming my dog … I know, don’t laugh! I prayed for all of her characteristics, too, and got everything I prayed for, seriously! I prayed for a smart dog, a lap dog that liked to cuddle, and when I found out I was getting a Shih tzu/Lhasa Apso combo, and I read all the characteristics of each one of those breeds. Some of the characteristics were unfavorable so I prayed to have the best of both, and He gave me all I asked for and more. Oh, and her name comes from the Hebrew name Barak – no, I did not mean Obama – and means blessing and because she’s a chick/girl, I added an “a.” Incidentally, my dog is 11 years old … do the math! 🙂 This little dog was in my life and on my lap before I ever heard of him! 🙂
Now I know that my son’s name will not go on for generations because he named his son something completely different … Dillan … and I love my little grand-son’s name. And then there’s my youngest grandson from my stepson whose mommy was quite bright and thoughtful in her system for naming him: she used the first three letters of his daddy’s name and the first three letters of her name to name him Bryden. Clever, huh!
But have you ever known of a series of names to actually hold a message when put in their correct chronological order?
Oh, it gives me goose bumps every time I read this so let me just get this out there, an early prophecy from the first ten generations of life! I hope you are able to tie some knots in your strand of faith as you see just how intentional our God is and how He knew from the beginning, in the Garden, that we’d mess it up but still He loved us enough to send us the Savior … His only Begotten Son! Beside each name of the first ten generations is their meaning according to the Hebrew concordance. After reading from left to right, go ahead and read the message from top to bottom!
Adam = Mankind
Seth = appointed
Enosh = feeble, frail, mortality
Cainan = a fixed dwelling place
Mahalaleel = blessed God
Jared = come down, descend
Enoch = to teach, instruct
Methuselah = Man set forth
Lamech = beaten, smitten, tortured
Noah = Rest, comfort, quiet peach …
Now all together: Mankind/is appointed to/ feeble, frail mortality/a fixed dwelling place/ blessed God/ comes down/ to teach, instruct/as a man sent forth/to be beaten, smitten, tortured/ bringing rest, comfort and quiet peace!
Don’t take my word for it; go ahead and embark on a little word study … tie some more knots in your red Strand of Faith as you realize just what lengths He’s gone thru to pursue you …relentlessly!