Who is Jeshurun?

Yesterday I saw several photos of my daughter, Laura, as an infant and a young girl, that family members posted on Facebook as they wished her “Happy Birthday.” Those photos brought back so many memories.

One of my favorite was when she was a little over a year old. We had driven to Knoxville, IA to visit Uncle Jim and Aunt Lesta. David decided to go to Pella before returning home.

Pella is a Dutch community full of tulips and windmills. You cannot drive through Pella without stopping at Jaarsma Bakery. They are famous for their Dutch letters and other Dutch treats.

David and I each got a Dutch letter, but Luke and Laura chose decorated sugar cookies.

After I strapped Laura into her car seat, I gave her the cookie she selected. She held it in both of her chubby. little hands and started licking the frosting off of the cookie. She looked like a kitten licking that frosting and that is how she earned her nickname, “Kitten.”

As I was reading today, I ran across the name Jeshurun three times.

Who is Jeshurun?

I found out it was a pet name or nickname God gave to Israel.

Deuteronomy 33:26, “There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty.” ESV

“A poetic name for Israel, used in token of affection, meaning, ‘the dear upright people’…derived from a root signifying to be blessed…supremely happy or prosperous…and with the new name goes a new chance in life, to live up to its meaning.” biblestudytools.com/dictionary/jeshurun/ 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for loving us so much that you give us nicknames. Thank you for your great love.