Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Names of Our Children: Soldiers of Christ

Soldiers of Christ

Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.

His Gospel to the lost proclaim,
Good news for all in Jesus’ Name;
Let light upon the darkness break
That sinners from their death may wake.

Morning and evening sow the seed,
God’s grace the effort shall succeed.
Seedtimes of tears have oft been found
With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned.

We meet to part, but part to meet
When earthly labors are complete,
To join in yet more blest employ,
In an eternal world of joy.

Some have asked why we are naming the kids what we are naming them, so I thought I would post. The hymn above was written by Basil Manly (pictured to the right). It is a hymn that cries out for Christ's children to fight in a dark world. We too long for our children to be soldiers of Christ. Thus we have named them Kaden and Makyra.

Kaden means "fighter"

Makyra (ma,caira) is the Greek word for “sword” (as in the ‘sword of the Spirit’ Galatians 6:17).

So...we pray and would ask you to pray that these children would join us in the ranks fighting for our "great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).

1 comment:

Heather said...

After the many conversations that Stacey and I have had about name selections, I LOVE the names that you guys settled on! I hope that we will one day get to see them become oaks of righteousness and warriors for Christ's kingdom!!!