by Jeff Strite

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Feel My Pain (4 of 4)
Series: The Prayer of Jabez
Jeff Strite
1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Years ago, Johnny Cash sang a song that began with these verses:

''My daddy left home when I was 3 and he didn't leave much to ma and me… just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
Now I don't blame him cause he run and hid, but the meanest thing he ever did was before he left, he went and named me Sue.
Well, he must o'thought it was quite a joke and it got a lot of laughs from a lot of folks. It seems I had to fight my whole life through.
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red - Some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head. I tell you life isn't easy for a boy named Sue.

In Country & Western circles that song was really popular in its day because it seemed humorous to think anybody would call the son ''Sue.'' But, as odd as that name may be, some parents have given their children names that are just about as peculiar.

One person told me of a girl they knew who was called Rusty Nail. Just in our area there are apparently two brothers named Michael Tri Angle & Justin Other Angle.
Years ago, I heard of a woman named Ima Hogg. And two preachers we've had in our brotherhood were Ivan Odor and Harry Pitts.
Why anybody would do that to their kids, I don't know, but they do. And their names undoubtedly caused those children some very difficult and uncomfortable moments.

That brings us to the story of Jabez. I Chronicles 4:9 begins by telling us that Jabez was an honorable man - more honorable than his brothers… but then it tells us how he got his name. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ''I gave birth to him in pain.'' (Jabez literally means ''to cause pain'' or ''painful'').
She had had other sons, but something in Jabez's birth hurt her. Perhaps she'd become injured in the delivery, or perhaps he'd been born in a time when times were hard. BUT, whatever the reason, Jabez' mother was declaring to her family, to the people in her village, to all who lived aro ...

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