Morning Thought: I’m a father of four, our youngest is seven, and our oldest is twenty. As a father (av = aleph + beth), I want to provide (along with my wife) a house where our children can grow strong––a place where they can learn, ask questions and be on a quest to find the right answers.
The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is Beth, meaning house (as well as ‘with’ and ‘in’). Greater than our house is God’s house––his home is the house above all houses. It’s in this house that Jesus’ parents found him as a young man. Where was Jesus? He had gone missing. They had frantically searched for him. In the end, they found him in his true home––his Father’s house––listening and asking questions (Luke 2:41-52). All who heard this young man were amazed because even at a young age, he had become a storehouse of wisdom and knowledge.
Like Jesus, may you be found in God’s house and may his home be found in you. “In [beth] what way can a young man be pure? By standing guard according to your word. With [beth] all my heart I have sought you; Do not let me stray from your commandments. In [beth] my heart, I treasure your word so that I might not miss your mark” (Psalm 119:9-11, my translation).