Tuesday, December 23, 2008

WFW: A Name

Names. When I think about the hours we spent talking about what we wanted to name our boys. It was such a process trying to decide what we wanted to name our baby if it was a boy or a girl.

Even when the boys had their Thanksgiving feasts in kindergarten they spent hours deciding on their "Indian" names to put on their shirts. Names are just so important and say something about who you are.

Mary and Joseph weren't your typical parents. They did not do the typical new parent things. Had Joseph followed the customs and traditions of that day, he would have been justified to have stoned Mary to death. Imagine that? Stoning Mary and our Lord and Savior.

Our Bible says a lot about the choosing of Mary as the mother of Jesus, but little is said about the man. I believe the choice of both Mary AND Joseph emphasize just how important the family is to God and just how important a role both parents play in a child's life from the very beginning.

The Bible says that an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and not only told him to name the baby Jesus, but said that the baby would save the people from their sins. I hope the angel told him to sit down first.

The Bible gives 256 names for Jesus. That isn't surprising to me because how do you find the name above all names? However, out of all the other names in the Bible the one that speaks to me the most is WONDERFUL.

His birth? Like none other in history.

He came to bless -- not to curse.

To lift us up -- not to trip us.

He came to seek and to save those who are lost.

He gave sight to the blind.

He opened prison doors and set captives free.

He made disciples and blessed the multitudes.

He gave rest to the weary and yet there as NO room for Him in the inn the day He was born.

On Christmas morning and in your heart, will you have room for Him?

I hope so. His name is WONDERFUL!


Pam D said...

THAT was a beautiful post to go along with a cool picture! I've really just started studying the names of God and Jesus, and it amazes me that all our attempts fall so short. Really. We try, in our feeble way, but our minds cannot conceive and our mouths cannot form the sounds to truly convey Who and What THEY are. And honestly? I am so glad.... because if THEY were easy to name and could be put in the box, would I really want to follow THEM anywhere?
Merry Christmas, and overflowing blessings on your New Year!

Denise said...

Very, very lovely post.

Anonymous said...

beautiful. He truly is wonderful isn't He!

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Alice said...

I was just thinking about good ole Mary. She must have been a very strong woman.

Sara said...

Amen, Deanna! Beautifully written.

From the Doghouse said...

Oh come let us adore him.

Jnette said...

I loved reading your WFW! Words cannot adequately describe what He has done in coming to the earth for us! Wow!
Thanks for your kind words Deanna and Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I love it! His name is Wonderful.

Dr. Wifey said...

Merry Christmas!

Alexis said...

GREAT post, and very thought provoking. Thank you for sharing and may you have a very blessed Christmas!

Katrina said...

What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed this... Merry Christmas!

And thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Your blog is so pretty! : )

Felicia said...

Merry Christmas! I wish you well.

Nancie said...

Thanks for your sharing. May God bless you always!

Carrie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I feel so blessed to have met you!

RT said...

Have a very merry Christmas! :)