Like!

orange lily

Tonight as I gave approval to a friend’s pithy observation, it dawned on me that clicking on LIKE on Facebook or on blog posts is the modern equivalent of saying “Amen.”

I looked it up to make sure it meant what I thought it did.

amen

Expression of agreement or confirmation used in worship by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The word derives from a Semitic root meaning “fixed” or “sure.” The Greek Old Testament usually translates it as “so be it”; in the English Bible it is often translated as “verily” or “truly.” By the 4th century BC, it was a common response to a doxology or other prayer in the Jewish temple liturgy. By the 2nd century AD, Christians had adopted it in the liturgy of the Eucharist, and in Christian worship a final amen now often sums up and confirms a prayer or hymn. Though less common in Islam, it is used after reading of the first sura. (Concise Encylopedia)

So instead of amen we Canadians could correctly say, “For sure, eh?” or click on LIKE.

Campanula
Campanula

Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. ( 1 Corinthians 1:20-22 The Message)

God’s promises come with a yes. To which the response is (altogether now) Yes! or Oh yeah! or Right on! or I solemnly affirm or —--LIKE!

lavatera flowers

This evening I was asking the Lord the rather useless question, “How long?” (Useless because “soon” to him seldom seems like soon to me when we’re talking about seeing promises fulfilled.) In my frustration I dropped my work and went for a walk around the neighbourhood.

As I was taking photos of flowers I remembered a post I made on April 14, about how God always keeps his promise, that spring was coming even though, at the time, we couldn’t see it and the robins were sitting in a snow-filled tree. It was like He said, “Did I not keep my promise?”

He did indeed. Spring has turned to summer. The flowers bloom and the fruit is beginning to ripen.

raspberry

Aster
Aster

 

He showed me more and more of his beautiful promises fulfilled.

Portulaca
Portulaca
Plum Promise
Plum Promise
Lavatera
Lavatera
Over the Fence
Over the Fence
Cosmos
Cosmos
Cosmos and Bee
Cosmos and Bee

 

And as a special gift -a robin in a big old pine tree. When I looked at my photos I saw the heart shape the branches made.

Robin
Robin

You’re good, Abba. I praise you for your faithfulness. You do keep your promises.

And I give you great big LIKE.

Related post: Are We There Yet? https://charispsallo.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/springter/

15 thoughts on “Like!

  1. Allan Halton

    “These things saith the Amen…” (Rev. 3:14). Now, that’s something to think about! (Connect dots to 2 Corinthians 1:20. “For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”)

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    1. It’s even stronger here, isn’t it? Amen meaning not only affirmation or agreement, but certainty, absolute truth, done deal. That means that all God’s promises and all God’s covenants are guaranteed and affirmed by the person and work of Jesus Christ.
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      1. Allan Halton

        Yes, you are right, it’s even stronger here. Amen is His Name, His signature, affixed to the bottom of the promises document…. “to the glory of God by us.” Wow– those last two words. We have a part in this!

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