Archive for August, 2008

Noah’s Dad (Gen 5:28-31)

August 23, 2008

“Lamech…became the father of a son. Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us¬†comfort from our work and from the toil of our hands from the ground which the Lord has cursed.”

Noah had a dad. But I don’t remember in Sunday School ever talking much about Lamech the Good. Who taught his child in the way acceptable to God? Lamech must have known the LORD for he mentions his name and he must have been compassionate for when he named his son, Noah, he had humanity in mind. As I read the short text concerning Noah’s dad I am reminded of the parents today. When we dream of the future of our children do we dream with humanity in mind? Do we dream too specifically? Lamech’s desire to see his child grow up as a “comforter” for the toil of the agrarian society both incites great happiness and sadness in my heart. Great it is to name your son “Comforter” and think of the plight of the common everyday laborer. Sad it is to dream so low, and so specific. When we see the potential in our children let us not stifle their dreams with specificality. But let us dream as with Lamech that our children will be comforters for humanity and allow God to guide their steps to be what we don’t even see the potential within them to become.

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