Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Naming the baby

We finally have a name.  A name that we both love. With a meaning that we hope will be a good heritage to him.  We take the task of naming pretty seriously around here, knowing that the biblical pattern is that names are of great significance.  There are passages in the Old Testament where names seem to define a life.  It would be our prayer that these names would define this little man.  

Asher Elijah Dawkins
Asher - happy, blessed 
Elijah - My God is YAHWEH

When we saw the Lyons this weekend, we checked in with Michael about the origin of Asher.  He is a true Hebrew scholar and this is what he wrote later regarding the name: 
The term is used predominately in the Psalms--and this is no accident, as Psalm 1:1 sets off all of the psalms, really showing the life of one who is "blessed" who walks according to God's law. Thus a better translation is really "happy, content, satisfied," or something similar for those who find their refuge in God alone.
Our prayer for this little one than that he would be a man whose God is the Most High, who is happy in Him, planted firmly like a tree with roots deep by the water. 

We can hardly wait to meet you, Asher Elijah! 

Blessed is the man 
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, 
nor stands in the way of sinners, 
nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, 
and on his law he meditates day and night. 

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season, 
and its leaf does not wither. 
In all that he does, he prospers. 

Psalm 1:1-3


Kelly said...

Love! Because 'like' was just not a strong enough word...

Sara Nagel said...

Wonderful name and means, love it! Love and miss you!