VAPOUR/BREATH/VANITY/FUTILITY/USELESS/MEANINGLESSNESS/NOTHINGNESS: hevel. Masculine Noun (Strong’s 1892); Verb (Strong’s 1891); the name Abel (Strong’s 1893). Root: הבל Sounds like: h’vel. Psalm 144:3-4 (see also Psalm 94:9-11) O YHWH, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? Man is like a mere breath [la-hevel]; his days… Continue reading Hevel: VANITY of Vanities! Is life a Vapour of Nothingness?
FATHER: Av/Ab. Masculine noun. (Strong’s 1). Root: אָב Sounds like: Ahv I’m an only child… and I have an amazing Dad who has loved me, supported me and encouraged me throughout my life. My Dad taught me to learn something new every day, and to carefully cultivate my intelligence. He has taught me to be… Continue reading Av: Coming home to the FATHER
ORPHAN: yathom. Masculine noun. (Strong's 3490). Original word: יָתוֹם Sounds like: ya-tohm. My friend, Bishop Gerald Kwitegereza, is the founder of Alpha Orphanage Project. It started after he had moved to Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo; he had felt that God had sent him there to do something, but he didn’t yet know… Continue reading Yatohm: Bringing the ORPHAN Home
LET GO, SEND OUT: shalakh. Verb. (Strong’s 7971). Root: שָׁלַח Sound like: shawlawk We have been wanderers our whole lives and we send ourselves out constantly. We send ourselves out for groceries; we send ourselves out to go to work; we send ourselves out to garden; and, when we are able, we send ourselves out… Continue reading Shalakh: Let My People Go! SEND My People Out!
BLOSSOM, BUD, SPROUT, FLOURISH: parakh/farakh. verb. (Strong's 6524) & perakh/ferakh. masculine noun. (Strong's 6525). Root: פָרַח Sounds like: pa-rawk or fa-rawk This past week Jewish, Messianic Jewish and some Christian congregations celebrated Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks). Shavuot celebrates the first fruits of the harvest, given to us from God (in particular, the wheat harvest).… Continue reading Parakh: BLOSSOM, BUD, SPROUT, FLOURISH
CROWN: Atarah- Feminine Noun. (Strong’s 5850). Nezer- Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 5145). Root: עָטַר and נֶזֶר Sounds like: a'tawraw and neh'zer Two-hundred and one years ago (24 May 1819) a little girl was born at 4:15 am in Kensington Palace, London. She was named Alexandrina Victoria, and she would later become known as Victoria Regina, Queen… Continue reading Atarah & Nezer: Two CROWNS, One King
THUNDER/VOICE/SOUND: qohl. Masculine Noun. (Strong's 6963) TO THUNDER: raam. Verb. (Strong's 7481). LIGHTNING: baraq. Masculine Noun. (Strong's 1300); Verb (Strong's 1299). Root: qohl קוֹל /raam רָעַם /barak בָּרָק Sounds like: koal, rah-awm, barawk Thunder, Lightning & Creation I think it's safe to say that most humans are mesmerized by thunder and lightning. They are incredible forces… Continue reading Qohl, Raam & Baraq: The VOICE of THUNDER and the flash of LIGHTNING
MOTHER: Em. Feminine Noun. (Strong’s 517). Root: אֵם Sounds like: ehm (“my mother” is pronounced, eemmee) It is true. I am my mother’s daughter. I often recognize my mother in me… a turn of phrase, the words I say to encourage my daughters, the amused look I give them when they do something ridiculous; the… Continue reading Em: Happy MOTHERS Day!
PREACHER: Qohelet. Noun masculine. (Strong’s 6953). Original word: קֹהֶלֶת Sounds like: kohelet The Hebrew word Qohelet only shows up in the book Ecclesiastes, which is fitting considering that the title of that book is actually a Latin transliteration of Qohelet. Ecclesia, in Latin, means church and ecclesiastes, a preacher/announcer/evangelist. Ecclesia was borrowed from the Greek word… Continue reading Qohelet: The Words of the PREACHER
STONE: even/eben. Feminine Noun. (Strong’s 68). Root: אֶבֶן Sounds like: ehven (rhymes with seven). Stone of Remembering This week in April, one year ago, I made my first trek to Alberta Canada. A week in Jasper National Park meant that I spent much of my time looking up... way up! The mountains were breathtaking; they… Continue reading Even/Eben: A Costly STONE