Tuesday, March 10, 2009
What's in a name?
Ten years ago I first held my baby girl in my arms. I became a single mother a week after my 19th birthday and thinking back I was like many new mothers, not knowing what was to come. And not knowing what I didn't know.
I did know some things though. I knew I wanted life for my baby. I knew I wanted a fresh start. I knew that every decision I would make from that day forward affected not only me, but this precious baby as well.
Shariah means "freedom" or "to sing". I learned that after she was named and wasn't sure how those Hebrew meanings went together. Then I came across some interesting passages of scripture where they listed people going into battle. Do you know who was on the front lines? Who walked ahead of the warriors? Singers and musicians. They sang of Israel's deliverance on the way into battle. That was how sure they were in their God! Shariah means "Jahovah is my deliverer".
Her middle name is Dawn and was taken from Isaiah 58:8, "Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard."