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Psalm 34:18

Last Monday, my kids, Emily and Ethan, noticed tattoos on a cashier.  One tattoo especially caught Emily’s attention.  It said, “Psalm 34:18.”  She told the cashier, “I like your tattoo.”  Those kind words sparked an unexpected heartfelt story.  The cashier told us that three years ago she lost her 30-year-old son.  It was discovered that he died of an enlarged heart.  She pointed to her Psalm 34:18 tattoo, saying how that verse is about God being near to those who are brokenhearted.  She shared her frustration that there is a word for a woman or man who loses a spouse, and that there is a word for a child that loses their parent or parents, but there is no word for a parent who loses a child.  She said she believes there is no word for it because it’s not supposed to happen.  The cashier continued, saying that her son would do anything for her.  As she was talking, I was thinking that her son not only had a big heart physically, but also a big heart emotionally.  She shared that her son would get her a rose just because.  She explained that that’s why she has a rose tattoo.  She said how she misses her son and believes she’ll be with him again one day.

I’ve seen God’s Word shared in many ways, but never via a tattoo.  God is using that cashier to share His Word in a special way.

Luke 4:16, 7:11-17

As I was reading in Luke, I got curious about the town Nain.  This town was where Jesus raised a widow’s son from the dead.  After a search in biblegateway.com, I found out Nain is mentioned just once in the Bible.  According to http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/nain/, Nain means “lovely” or “green pastures” in Hebrew.  On this ancient map, it is about ten miles from Nazareth.  Can you find Nain?  http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/israel-first-century.html

Genesis 37:3-4, 1 Samuel 2:18-21

In Genesis, Jacob showed that Joseph was his favorite son when he made him the “ornate robe.”  Joseph’s brothers then became very jealous.

In 1 Samuel, Hannah made Samuel “a little robe” every year.  Eventually, Hannah had three sons and two daughters.  Samuel’s brothers and sisters probably saw their mom making his robe each year, but I doubt they were jealous.

 

Luke 1:8-25, Luke 1:57-66, Luke 3:21-22

In an earlier post, I wrote about the angel Gabriel talking to John the Baptist’s dad, Zechariah.  Initially, Zechariah was very fearful.  Then, he became inquisitive and asked Gabriel a question that revealed his disbelief.  Gabriel promptly took away his ability to speak until the event foretold happened.

While John the Baptist was growing up, he might have asked his dad why he was named John, instead of his dad’s name.  I’m guessing that at some point Zechariah told his son about his encounter with Gabriel.

Later, John the Baptist baptized Jesus.  The Holy Spirit came down, “like a dove. And a voice came from heaven:  ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased’.”

I don’t know if John the Baptist’s parents were still living when that special baptism took place.  If so, I think John the Baptist would have been happy to tell his parents about another supernatural event in his family’s life.

 

Genesis 6:9-22, Genesis 7-8

Surely nearly everyone has heard at least part of the Biblical account of Noah and the ark.  But have many stopped to think about his wife?  Though she’s not mentioned by name, she’s mentioned several times in Genesis.  She and Noah had three sons, Shem, Japheth and Ham.  So, she helped to raise three boys.  Once this family comes on the scene, all of the “boys” are married.  Since Noah was 600 years old at the time of the flood, I’m thinking his wife might have been about the same age.  This wife and mother was on the ark with her family and many animals probably experiencing ear-popping as they floated above the mountains.  What an adventure!

Later, Noah and his wife’s sons had quite a few kids.  So, if she was still around, she could have been a grandma too.

Being a mother can be so much fun!  Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Galatians 6:10

Not long ago, at a grocery store, I saw a woman that looked like one of my aunts.  I had to do a double take.  Then, I saw a brand name I hadn’t heard of before, that happened to be the same as her son’s name.  With two reminders of my aunt’s family, I decided to pray for them.

As Christians, we’re supposed to do good to everyone, but especially to other Christians.  My aunt and her family are Christians.  After I prayed, I sent the family an encouraging e-mail.

Have you had any double takes like mine lately?  If so, take time to pray for them.  You may be the only one praying for them.  Prayer is powerful!

 

Luke 7:11-17, Luke 8:41-42, 49-56, Luke 24

John 11:1-44

From aboutbibleprophecy.com, I found four “death to life” accounts involving Jesus in the New Testament.  Jesus raised the widow’s son, Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus from the dead.  And of course there is the resurrection.

Is there anything impossible for Jesus?  No.