Paxton Levi Charles Dove was born on December 17th at 2:23 a.m., weighing a whopping 6lbs. 15 oz. Our third grandbaby is doing well and my son and his lovely wife are trying to adjust to the new “normal” in their lives. It may take some time 🙂
We are blessed that we live close so we saw little Paxton when he was only an hour and a half old in the hospital and yesterday my husband wanted to visit them at home with a cake in hand. (see picture) Both sets of grandparents are thrilled, as are great-grandparents, great uncles and aunts, and the numerous aunties, uncles, cousins and second cousins. Paxton better get used to being passed from arm to arm to arm because we all want to get a chance to cuddle with this little miracle over the days, weeks, months and years ahead!
Our son and daughter-in-law spent considerable time thinking up a name for their first-born and had it picked out long before he was born. It seems so appropriate, with Paxton being born just before Christmas that his name means “Peace”. The last name “Dove” is also symbolic of peace. His middle name, “Levi” is equally interesting meaning “joined in harmony” but also has its roots with the priestly duties of the Levites in Israel. Put it together it’s Peace bound in harmony with Peace. How perfect is that? I hope this little dude will be just as chill as his name!
Now his third name, “Charles” is to honour grandfathers, and great-grandfathers and other Charles’ in the Dove lineage. However, the name “Charles”, in the European form, means “warrior” and “king”. Whoa! I wonder if my son and daughter-in-law planned it that way? In the middle of my new grandson’s most peaceful name they have linked it with a mighty warrior king name. Peaceful but also a mighty king. What a brilliant name! What a name to live up to!
Such a radical name; so meaningful…and yet so familiar…when our hearts, thoughts and minds at Christmastime are always focused on the NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES: A Man of Peace but also a mighty KING: Jesus!
In Biblical times, names actually meant something. Often a child would be named in honor of an event that took place at the time of his or her birth, or for a unique physical characteristic. Adam’s name meant “earth” because he was taken from the dust of the earth. Esau’s name meant “hairy,” because he was hairy. Esau’s twin brother Jacob was born hanging onto his brother’s heel so his family named him Jacob, which means “heel-catcher.”
When God chose the Name, “Jesus” for His only begotten Son, He knew the Power, and the Importance behind that Name! Isaiah prophesied: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6-7). He would be called Immanuel “God with us” (Matt. 1: 23); and “Saviour” (Matt. 1: 21).
But there’s so much more about the name, Jesus!
Alpha and Omega – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Rev. 22:13
Bread of Life – “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35
Creator of Heaven and Earth– “By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.…” Col. 1:16-17
Deliverer – “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thess.1:10
Good Shepherd – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
Great High Priest – “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Heb. 4:14
I Am – “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58
Judge – “…he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.” Acts 10:42
King of Kings – “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Rev. 17:14
Lamb of God – “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Light of the World – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Lord of All – “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:9-11
Redeemer– “Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Is. 60:16
Risen Lord – “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Cor. 15:3-4
Son of Man – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
Son of the Most High – “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.” Luke 1:32
The Door – “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9
The Resurrection and the Life – “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25
The True Vine – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1
The Way – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
The Word – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
He is the Only One Worthy of that Name with ALL its meanings! He is the Only One we Worship and Adore, and I pray ALL my children and grandchildren will follow HIM all the days of their lives!