Letter to the Editor

The real meaning of Brazil

Sunday, February 26, 2012

To the Editor:

Valentine's Day was an awesome day for me this year.

Red is my favorite color.

If you know me or spend any time with me, you'll find out real fast that red is the color for me.

Why do I feel so strongly about this color?

Because if it wasn't for the blood of Jesus, that washed my sins away and made me clean as snow, I know I would not be here writing this.

I was lost, and now I'm found.

Speaking of snow, I looked outside today, this Valentine's Day, and it is white.

The ground is covered in white. Oh, how precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.

So today, I began to pray ... pray for souls, the church, my family, the place I call home, Brazil.

All of a sudden, I felt led to look up the origin of the word Brazil.

This is what I found.

We know Brazil is a country of Eastern South America, the largest country in the continent.

But I wanted to know the definition, the origin, of the word Brazil.

(Brazil-noun-Red) Brazil is derived from a Portuguese and Spanish word, which is the name of a tree (nut of a tree) from which a red dye was extracted, thus naming the country (red) Brazil.

See, Brazil means red.

How awesome is that?

Added to that, we are located in Clay County, and the Word of God says He is the Potter, and we are the clay.

Brazil is covered in red, the blood of Jesus.

This was my Happy Valentine's gift from God this year.

That is the heart of God. (John 3:16).

Pastor Julie Lake,


References: merriamwebster.com, thefreedictionary.com (dictionary reference -- Brazil-geographical name).