Letter from the Editor

May, 2004

Shalom (peace) Haverim (friends),

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” Psalm 133:1). This Psalm is usually quoted (or sung) with just this verse. But the next verses (leaving out the italicized words which mean they are supplied by the translator) say, “like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the beard, Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, life for evermore.” (all of Psalm 133). 

In other words being in unity brings an anointing and a refreshing from the Ruach HaHodash (Holy Spirit). This is so needed in our personal lives (and also in the high areas of the earth, symbolized by mountains). The result is the blessing of the Lord and life evermore. We really can experience the adage, “so they lived happily ever after”!! But what is the key element of unity? Certainly it is not agreement in everything. We are all uniquely different! But rather in the keeping of the commandment of love thy neighbor as thyself. Love and life are twin sisters.

All that to say, I’m glad you are my ‘family’. And accept my apology, please, for this delay in getting out our mailing because of the proverbial, due-to-circumstances-beyond-our-control. (You have a right to be thinking, “So what else is new?”)

Since moving from Kansas to Iowa, things are progressing and moving forward very well, in spite of the adjustments required in making such a sweeping move! Bible studies in the Christian and Midrashim (Hebrew) sense have been set up and well attended. I find it great to sit with those who are sincere in searching for truth – and all of us need it for our life’s challenges.

In our mailings, it is impossible to include all we would like to send to you. A wealth of information comes across our desks each day. And in personal study of the Word and in our Midrashim here, we come into wonderful understanding of Scriptures opening anew to us. As time affords, we really would like to be able to share more with you. If you have an e-mail address and would like to be on a special list to receive more information, please let us know. We will be discerning in what we forward and try not to be too wordy in our own writings.

There is no charge for this service – not that it is without costs, and BLI is not underwritten by any person or foundation. We continue to operate on the slogan, When He leads, He feeds; when He guides, He provides. We can do only what He directs us to do – and that many times through you. Please let us know if you are interested in doing such studies via e-mail.

 

Always in His Love,

 

Chris