Monday, May 14, 2012

Baby Number Eight On the Way

There he or she is, Bergsma Baby Number 8, due in November.

Eight is the biblical number of a new beginning.  David was the eighth son of Jesse.  His rise to the throne of Israel marked a new epoch in the history of salvation.

I did my dissertation on the Jubilee Year, which also occurred on the "eighth" year of a week-of-years.  It was the supreme renewal of Israel social and religious life, like pressing the "reset" button on society.

Dawn and I have a lot of joy over this eighth child.  The baby is like a divine gift of renewal as we get older. 

6 comments:

Amy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Praises to the Lord for the gift of new life!!!

Fr. Larry said...

Glory be to Jesus Christ! Congratulations! I am sorry that you will not be coming to Latrobe this year.

thedivinelamp said...

Congratulations. Are you going to name him David, or Jubilee?

Marie said...

I kinda like 'Qumran'; appropriate for a girl or a boy!

John Bergsma said...

There is an Israeli scholar who gave himself the last name "Qimron" ... But actually we're looking for Dutch Catholic names, so feel free to suggest if you know of any ...

Rachel said...

Congratulations Dr. Bergsma!

As far as name suggestions, how about Titus after Bl. Titus Brandsma?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titus_Brandsma