I was wearing a brooch on my coat lapel today. It belonged to my husband’s mother. I liked it because it was in the shape of a tree. It caught my son’s eye as we were out for a walk. He said “Is that the olive tree with all the branches around your table.” He was referring to a scripture that described our young children sitting around our table.
Blessed is every one that fears the Lord; that walks in his ways.
For you will eat the labour of thine hands: happy will you be, and it shall be well with you.
Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine within your house: your children like olive plants round about thy table.
Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. (Psalms 128:1-4 KJV)
We used to sing this Psalm often. Abraham said “Let me count the number of leaves on it.” He counted fourteen, the number of children we have. I was excited and could not wait to tell Brendan. I showed the brooch to him and he was pleasantly surprised as well. He counted the number of leaves. Yes there were fourteen. But he looked again and counted six white leaves and eight green leaves. We have six girls and eight boys in our family.
The brooch is inexpensive but it is priceless now. It is prophetic. Nannie had this brooch for many years. I bet she never expected her son would have fourteen children. I am wearing it in memory of her and all our children The Lord gave us.
Children are a blessing from The Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127
We moved house recently. Brendan has been working to get our home ready for visiting family and grandchildren. We push ourselves to get one more job done, even though our bodies ache. We take a break and start again. We have a big house and it is a bit lonely with just the two of us, after years of activity and bustle. Our hearts ache as well when we remember our loved ones far away.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget I will not forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15 NIV)
Abraham returned from university yesterday; the first of the birds flying home to Ireland for Christmas. Three more arrive on Friday. I am blessed today as God reminds us of all our children we reared down through the years, in this little brooch. They are returning home. He has not forgotten us.
Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride. (Isaiah 49:18 NIV)
I will wear my brooch and think of God’s love and faithfulness to us. Yes his promise to me will come true. My children will return.
I received an e mail from a friend in Canada. She reminded me of Proverbs 13 v 12,
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12 NIV)
When I was suffering from cancer I had lost all hope in the future or my dreams and prophesies coming true. But God intervened. He had mercy on me and for his Name’s sake he healed me. Today my hopes and dreams are coming true. The brooch resembling a tree is an encouragement to me that my longings are being fulfilled, and that God is restoring my life.
There is life after cancer. I am staying alive.