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.