Earlier today I was listening to Turning Point on NewLife FM with Dr. David Jeremiah (airs at 10 am). He was talking about this fellow by the name of Aiken who stole some loot from Jericho when the Israelites were conquering Canaan. God punished Aiken severely. And because of that, Dr. Jeremiah said nobody usually names their kids Aiken because of the association.
Well, as rare as the name may be, I did know an Aiken. Aiken Gelo, my wife’s grandfather, was from Lowell, Vermont and had a farm on one side of the mountain. My grandfather Norman Dion had a farm on the other side. But the two two families never knew each other until their grand kids met in Pensacola, Florida on a blind date in 1998.
Aiken was a typical Vermont yankee. A man of few words, but a deep love for his state. And a deep love for his Lord. This was evident in a letter I saw that was written during WW II when he was serving in Patton’s army. The letter spoke of his duty to the Lord and his faith.
I only knew him for a few years, and he went on to be with the Lord at age 96. During the funeral, numerous people spoke in testament of his strong faith in the Lord and how he would pray for the youth on a regular basis. And he left a godly legacy evident today in his descendants. I have one picture of him holding my daughter and was reminded that God promises that if we are faithful he will allow us to see that passed on to the third and fourth generation.
A stark contrast from Aiken of the Old Testament.