I had Ben’s adoption story book nearly finished before I found the name I wanted. But when I found the name, I realized it was perfect. And, of course, there is a story behind it.
Backing up … I named Cate’s adoption story “Chosen.” It came to be easily, before I even started the content of the book. Of course, Ben’s didn’t come together quite like that.
I asked Greg for some suggestions and he rattled off a few that weren’t meaningful enough to me. Then later, when I was bugging him again, he said, “What about beloved?”
Yes, that fits.
Then I was Googling Bible verses that used the word “beloved” that I could incorporate onto the title page of Ben’s book. I skipped over several from Song of Solomon.
And then I read this:
About Benjamin he said: “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.” -Deuteronomy 33:12
I was thinking, SERIOUSLY? “About Benjamin …” Really could it be more perfect? And the message is one I want Ben to know. He can rest secure in the Lord, who protects him.
God is definitely in the details.