Choosing a name for our daughter has been quite a challenge. Not because we couldn't find one that we liked, but because in her Ethiopian culture, names are extremely significant - given as a blessing, a declaration about who this person is, or is to be.
Her given name is Mastewal, which means UNDERSTANDING or CONSCIENCE ("... Though it cost you all you have, get UNDERSTANDING" Proverbs 4:7). How beautiful to pray that our daughter would have an understanding of God and His Goodness, Faithfulness, Guidance, and His Will. That is a prayer we don't want to take from her.
So as we prepare to meet her next Tuesday morning, it's been important to keep that significant name, but also give her a name that connects her to our family.
Her name will be Selah Ruth Mastewal Magruder
Selah is a word from scripture, especially the Psalms, that is used as a praise, or "let it be so". We also chose it because our other daughters have S names, and we didn't ever want her to question her place in this family. Ruth is the name of my grandmother.
A wave of panic just washed over me, thinking about all there is to do today....better get moving!