Nieces and Names
I begged my niece all summer to say my name. Realizing “Serena” can be hard to pronounce, I decided that “Aunt Shoe” would suffice if I could get her to say that. No such luck. I had no identity in her little world.
In September I watched my niece overnight. I arrived at her house, only for her to come running up to me with outstretched arms. “Senna! Senna!” It was music to my ears.
I heard it a lot that weekend. Every time I left the room, she would toddle behind me, and I would hear, “Senna?” I loved it.
About a month later, our family gathered for our annual Christmas in October (we’re weird, I know). When Anna came in, she went around the room saying everyone’s name, surprisingly clearly. Without hesitation, she said “Suh-Renna!” My eyes welled up with tears.
Even now, months later, hearing her say my name still doesn’t get old. She knows me. She recognizes me. She knows my name.
In the Bible, God is referred to by over 100 different names. Alpha. Omega. Emmanuel. Counselor. Mighty God. Prince of Peace. Everlasting Father. Lion of Judah. And the list goes on…
As a child, I used to wonder why God needed so many names. Now I understand how each name reflects different aspects of His incredible character.
I can’t imagine how much MORE joy God must get from hearing us, His beloved children, utter His name…even more than I get from hearing my adorable niece say mine.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Anna! I love you!