“But if you or your sons betray me, ignoring my guidance and judgments … then the guarantee is off.” 2 Chronicles 19 (The Message Bible)
In 2 Chronicles, After Solomon built The Temple of God, God accepted the temple as a place for sacrifice and a house of worship, but it came with conditions, also known as a covenant: “If my God-defined people respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you …” When we fast-forward through the Old Testament, we see that the temple was destroyed, because the people could not live up to God’s expectations.
Forty-two years ago today, my first child was born—a son. Early on that Friday morning, my water broke, and when I called the doctor’s assistant (who was also a close friend), she said, “You can’t have this baby today—it’s Friday the 13th.” Believe me, as the labor pains advanced, I didn’t care what day of the week it was. Even though Michael is a Friday-the-13th child, I feel lucky to be his mother. There have been broken “covenants,” sacrifices, and lots of prayer over the years, but each time the “temple” began to crumble, we worked together to build it up again.
Dear Lord, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be Michael’s mother. Amen.