Thursday, November 8, 2012

"By Help From On High": A happy accident

The name of this blog has a happy origin--in the old sense of the word.  It just sort of happened.  And yet, looking back at it, I can see God's hand in it, because it just fits so beautifully; it has to be a God-thing.

When I first named this blog, I looked for a Latin name.  I had a blog or username once called credo certe (to believe with certainty) and I wanted this one to follow the same lines, but I think the title I wanted was unavailable at the time.  So I looked for another.  I found auxilio ab alto (by help from on high).  I liked it, as it had a Christian flavour to it.  However, what pleased me better was the Latin.  Truthfully, I was a bit of a snob in those days, and I liked the sound of the old Latin phrase, even if my readers had no clue what it meant.

As God was working on me, He taught me that it was more important that I wrote for my audience, and not just for myself; otherwise, why write?  So I got rid of the Latin and exchanged it for its English translation: By Help From On High.

The beauty of it is...this is my life.

Without knowing it, I came upon a phrase that sums up the course of my life: by help from on high.  It is only by God's help that I live the life that I do.  It is only by God's enabling grace that 1) I am saved, 2) I breathe, 3) I serve, and 4) I grow and mature in faith.  It is only by God's help.

What a happy 'accident' that I stumbled upon the one phrase that expresses the sum of my life so well!  Yet, even that was by help from on high.

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