GUILT: asham (Strong’s 817, 816-819). Root: אָשָׁם Sounds like: aw-shawm People don't tend to like the word guilt, but it does pepper our language a fair bit: guilt trip, guilty pleasure, guilty conscience, guilt by association, innocent until proven guilty… Problem is, we make guilt a very “ME” centred word. It’s something that makes us feel bad. It's… Continue reading Asham: I find no GUILT in Him
SERVANT: eved. Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 5650). Root: עֶבֶד Sounds like: ev’ed My youngest daughter, Bridget, and I went to see "Captain Marvel" this week. I asked her what she thought of it, knowing that her keen, analytical mind, would have something significant to say. After an analysis of the main and supporting characters, she announced,… Continue reading Eved: Behold My SERVANT
IMAGE: tselem. Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 6754). Root: צֶלֶם Sounds like: tzelem. There has been significant controversy regarding the phrase “made in God’s image”. I’m uncertain whether this blog posting will simplify the debate or bring a whole new spin to it, but perhaps focusing in on the Hebrew word for image, tselem, will, at the very… Continue reading Tselem: Being IMAGE bearers
LOOK, SEE, PERCEIVE: chazzah. Verb. (Strong's 2372). Root: חָזָה Sounds like: khazzah! I live along the beautiful South Shore of Prince Edward Island, on the edge of the Northumberland Strait. It takes me about 30 minutes to drive to work which is in PEI’s capital city of Charlottetown. And even after almost five years of driving… Continue reading Chazzah: It’s a Vision… Look and See!
CLING: davaq. Verb. (Strong’s 1692). Root: דָּבַק Sounds like: da-vawk or da-bawk. My youngest daughter, Bridget, gives the best hugs. Although she's slight, it feels like she's as heavy as a rock as she throws her arms all the way around you and holds on tight. There's no letting go, and nothing will break the… Continue reading Davaq: Cling/Cleave/Keep Close… Hug?
WINE: yayin. Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 3196). Root: יַיִן Sounds like: yah-yeen. I have a sensitivity to alcohol and am unable to drink wine, but I'm told by many friends that there's nothing like a glass of wine after work to sooth the soul. Certainly our culture has connected wine with relaxation and decadence. The cup… Continue reading Yayin: the WINE of our Salvation
BREAD: lechem (Strong’s 3899) Root: לֶחֶם Sounds like: lekhem There’s something about freshly baked bread… it is warm and inviting and satisfying. When I was an undergrad student at the University of Waterloo I lived in the Mennonite supported student residence, Conrad Grebel College. By reputation it housed the best dining experience on campus. A… Continue reading Lechem: BREAD of Life
DREAM- khalom- (2472 & 2492) Root: חֲלוֹם Sounds like: kha-lohm (rhymes with shalom) A co-worker of mine recently told me she had a dream about me: She was feeling anxious and ran outside of her home in distress. Suddenly she was knocking on my door. I opened it up, invited her in, and offered her… Continue reading Khalom: Speaking of DREAMs
HEART: Lev (masculine noun). (Strong's 3820 and 3824 (Levav)). Root: לֵב Sounds like: lev/leb or le’vahv. The heart is a symbol that you find everywhere this time of year. It seems as soon as Christmas is over, the stores fill up with red and pink candies and chocolate filled hearts. And, just like that, “love" is in the… Continue reading Lev: the HEART of who you are
SILENCE: charash (Strong’s 2790, 2791); chashaw (Strong’s 2814) Root: חָרַשׁ Sounds like: khah-rash Silence has an interesting reputation. We often say silence is good! But it is also noted that not speaking up is bad. We should be silent and listen for the voice of God, but once we hear it we should not be… Continue reading Charash: SILENCE speaking volumes