An “Ebenezer” is a stone of remembrance–literal or figurative–which someone sets up in order to remind themselves of God’s faithfulness. The concept comes from 1 Samuel 7:12, where Samuel set up a stone pillar and said, “Thus far has the Lord helped us.”
This month serves as an Ebenezer for me and my family.
I started this blog a year ago with two purposes: to process my own thoughts on surviving a cult, and to help educate other folks about cults and spiritual abuse.
I never imagined that God would use this platform to educate and refine me more than anyone else, and also to plug me into a robust online community which has blessed, challenged, and encouraged me. This month Liberty for Captives will pass 50,000 hits, 400 comments, and dozens of personal email correspondences. How humbling. How redemptive.
Thank you for sharpening my mind and making this blog a team effort in the comments section. Also, numerous posts are a result of specific requests or suggestions by readers. Life in community.
In honor of this milestone of God’s faithfulness, I have updated the theme to make it look cleaner. Content and sidebar widgets remain unchanged. Still working on the header and other aspects. Stay posted for updates.
And perhaps you will allow me to indulge in a personal update. My wife and I are expecting our first child–a son. We plan to name him Oliver and we pray that he will live as a man of peace. His Chinese middle name will be “Ai-Guang”, which means “Lover of the Light.” So may he be.
In related news, I may take a short sabbatical from blog-posting, if just for a few weeks. My wife and I want to bond as a family and welcome Oliver into the world sometime in the next few days. I will endeavor to approve new comments in the meantime, and will return to blogging as soon as seems reasonable in my sleep-deprived state =)
I’m looking forward to sharing more Ebenezers of God’s faithfulness in the future. What about you? How has God been faithful to you in this last year?