Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Bella Grace Slaten

So today we have a baby girl in our family. I am writing this a few days before her birth, which makes this a bit strange since I haven’t even met this girl who I am writing about.

Her name is Bella Grace Slaten.

Let me explain where her name came from. One night we were in bed trying to figure out what we were going to name this baby and I threw out the name “Bella.” Camille said, “I saw that name today. I like that but didn’t think you would like it. It means ‘my God is a vow’.” I responded, “I like it, is that her name?” After that we prayed about it and we knew that this was the name of our daughter.

In Hebrew Bella means ‘my God is a vow’ and Grace is Camille’s maiden name and it means the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners.’

For us, Bella is a visual reminder that God has made a vow with His children. She is not the fulfillment of that promise she is merely a reminder that God gives us what we need. Not what we want or think we deserve but what we need and what we need is salvation through Jesus. Our prayer is that her life would point people to that end. That she would live a life proclaiming that Christ is the win, not things, houses, cars, having kids, new jobs, marriage and even us as parents. Jesus is the win and he alone is the giver of life and love to us.