What’s in a name?

Our little Norah Maye started out as…baby…then Wiggles…now Norah.   What is it about a name that makes this little life more real?  At the beginning of the pregnancy we struggled with pronouns…he/she/it.  We didn’t really know how to refer to her.  Although, both Jonathan and I felt sure that she was a he.

We went to our 7 week appointment, the appointment that we found out that something in her head looked wrong, and we saw her wiggle.  Me, being a pessimist and always…I mean, ALWAYS finding something to worry about, focused on the “something wrong.”  Not Jonathan, he saw our baby wiggle for the first time…he saw a miracle.  We got in the car after the appointment and I cry….and he smiles and says, “It’s wiggling honey, he doesn’t know anything is wrong!”  He focused on the fact that there was still a heartbeat.  There was still life.  There was a wiggle. It was on this car drive home that our baby became, “Wiggles.”

It wasn’t until this week that we were challenged to name our daughter.  We had a name for a baby boy, but we had nothing for this precious daughter of ours.  And the list began… So what IS in a name???

A meaning, a reminder, a tradition, a title…

We don’t want this name to just be one we like the sound of, we want it to mean something.  We want her name to be strong…but lovely.  We picked out a name and marinated on it for a day and decided that it just seemed too sweet.  Jonathan described it as a jolly rancher…we just aren’t jolly rancher sweet kind of people.  We thought of names that meant “innocent,” and “pure,” and “God is my strength.”  We just didn’t like any of the options we found.  Then we happened upon the name Norah.  It is a strong name that seems to fit our family.  Norah means “light.”  And we are reminded of several scripture..

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 5:1

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12

I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. John 12:46

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; Matthew 5:14

I guess I just like the fact that even in what seems to be such a dark situation, God is our light.  His light shines in the darkness and makes our journey one of hope, purpose, and love.

I also like Norah because she is a little light to us.  Yes, we have sorrow and dreary times but her life is one of purpose, goodness, and light despite that fact.

Light: (noun) something that makes things visible or affords illumination:

And I guess I can’t help but think that our precious Norah’s life is bringing to light things about myself, that I would never have known. For instance, I never thought I was strong enough handle a journey this hard…I’m not.  But God is showing Himself very very strong through my great weakness.

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