Monday, June 9, 2008

Happy Birthday, Beth!

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them
(Psalm 127:3-5, NKJV)

When Jennifer and I first started attending St. Joseph's, our third daughter Beth was only about 6 weeks old. Today, she is 7 (years, not weeks!). Just another reminder of how time flies.

Our "quiver" is definitely full. We are truly blessed!

Here is Beth playing with her big sister Audrey. They are building a horse stable with Beth's new Lego Set.


Paul said...

Yes, Father. Your quiver is quite full. Time for a boy, yes? Perhaps you should consult with the Mrs. first.

Fr. James Early said...

Great idea, Paul, except that now that I'm 40, I think I'm ready to retire from the childbearing business. Kh. Jennifer is in full agreement with this sentiment!

Clint said...

In response to Paul, I have a friend who has two older sisters. His father just really, really wanted a boy. So after my friend was born (and is most certainly male), his parents decided to give him a little brother to play with. So now, he has two older sisters and one younger sister....

Fr. James, I know she probably doesn't even remember me, but tell Beth happy Bday from me and mine. (I suppose you might have to do it tomorrow, as it is a bit late).

Legos? My Joey's favorite thing in the world...

Sophocles said...

Father bless,

Thank you for taking the time to visit over at my blog. It is a real honor.

I just posted this over there,

In Christ,


Charlene said...

Fr. James,
There is a poem byKahlil Gibran, a Marionite Lebanese poet of the early 1900s, "On Children", that I have enjoyed for over 40 years. It is from his book "The Prophet". It speaks of parents being the bows from which their children, the arrows, are sent forth. I wonder now whether Psalm 127 could have been his inspiration.

Fr. James Early said...


Thank you for the plug. Your blog is top-notch. It is a great source for both Orthodox news and saints' bios.


I don't know much about Gibran, but I would guess that your theory is correct. It would seem like his excellent analogy about the bow and arrow must be influenced by Psalm 127. I also thought of Proverbs 22:6.

By the way, it is interesting (to me at least) that in an early scene of the movie Walk the Line (a biopic of Johnny Cash, one of my all-time favorite singers), June Carter has just finished reading The Prophet, and she gives her copy to Johnny, recommending that he read it. I thought you might find that interesting.