God to said to Abraham: "I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing." (Genesis 12: 2, JPS)
In an email from my father this morning, I learn that God has delivered his most recent installment in the fulfillment of this promise, a baby boy to my brother and sister-in-law.
May the Holy One of Israel furnish him every good gift and help him to grow strong in wisdom and grace.
Because I am the brother of the child's father, I am an uncle but not an avunculus. Hence I am under no obligation to be avuncular.