Two very handsome boys taking baseball very seriously
Some guys near us caught balls and gave them to the boys. We even got one for Shepherd!
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
7"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit."
This continues to be my prayer for my sons life and for those who come into contact him, especially me. His name stands as a reminder to hold fast to my Savior and place my trust in God- to be one whose trust IS God. His name reminds me that no matter what heat or drought life may hold, presently or in the many years to come, I don't have to fear. That when I fear that suffering will cause me to shrivel up and die, I can remember that I am like this tree, with a secret source, hidden to the casual eye. As a Christian, I have "roots" that run below the ground to a source of refreshment that will never run dry. His name brings me great hope and helps me pray.
But that's not the only reason we named him Jeremiah. In this chapter, Jeremiah continues to pray
"Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved,
for you are my praise."
Jeremiah clearly acknowledges that God alone holds the power to save him. It seems clear to Jeremiah that God alone is in control of his life. This, too has proven to be great fuel for prayer for our Shepherd.
There are other scriptures in that chapter that we hold dear to us as prayers for our boy. And there are other reasons we chose the name Jeremiah, all of which inspire me to see my sons life in light of God's truth. And of course his first name does a tone of that, too. I just love that each time we speak any of our boys' names, I think of what hopes and prayers we have for their lives, but also the things I hope to experience of God, and the things I hope they experience of God. I know thus far we have definentley seen that we have a Good Shepherd who loves us and our boy very much.