I have no intention of venturing out today, but I wonder if some of my mom friends will brave the cold to come to my book study tonight. At least our driveway is plowed.
Spoiled kids. Silje said they're not spoiled, I was spoiled because I used to live in walking distance to the library as a kid, and often just walked over to the library whenever I wanted. To her, that's livin' the dream. That's true. Maybe they're not that spoiled.
I think of my family often these winter months. I pray for each one. We are so remote out here on the farm. Sure, we're surrounded by Knut's family, and that's a blessing. I feel sometimes that it's not just that we live out here with few neighbors, but our life...our lifestyle is so different than anything I ever grew up with. Not that one is right and one is wrong. They are each just paths that God has set before us.
I haven't said this to too many people, but I've been missing my dad terribly since Ingrid has been born. She very much has his eyes, and I feel like I'm the only one that sees it. I'm the only one in my house that remembers those eyes, and I'm the only one to feel the pain of not seeing him. It was so healing having my sister up here, in my home, able to talk about Dad and feel that pain with me.
"Hesed" is used 240 times in the Old Testament. It has 3 basic meanings. "strength," "steadfastness," and "love." It's not just a mushy love word. It's a word that describes the power of God, and the faithfulness of God. All 3 of those traits are unseparated in that one word. I love to dwell on that concept. It also has some legal connotations, as in the marriage binding. God is "legally" tying Himself to us through this word.
Common verbs placed with "hesed" are: "doing 'hesed'," "showing 'hesed'," and "keeping 'hesed'."
It's God's mercies, God's faithfulness, God's love, God's strength, God's promise, all wrapped up in one Hebrew word: Hesed.
So as I'm working around the house, I'm looking for some good wall space to put this verse that has been so much on my heart lately, and I think needs to be hand-written on my wall somewhere. Maybe I'll order some vinyl cut-out-thingy of it.
"I will sing of the LORD's great love [hesed] forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations." Psalm 89:1.
The word there for faithfulness isn't the word 'hesed.' It's the word 'emunah' which means "firmness, stability, truth, fidelity."
So that is my mission today, as I make some treats for the friends who will brave the cold (hopefully) tonight, as I break up fights with the kids who can't go outside because of the severe temperatures, as I teach them their lessons, and give Silje her state-required assessment test, as I feed Ingrid over and over:
"I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations."