And it’s a name young and innocent
a newborn babe given
Abigail, a source of JOY!
I see pictures and look at that spirited
young girl who was full of life
a tomboy and adventurous, a cuddler
and a sister, daughter and happy child too.
And I know how the story goes and
the days that broke my family’s heart.
There was a loss of this name in me,
a joy that flew away and I did not
know how to find it again. I was awakened
to Gospel and Grace in the early days
of university and I found the fountain, the name
and ran to take on the world.
Heartbreak and cancer quelled the fire
and the joy was yet there, but somehow buried
and a bit dull. Life is the ebb and flow,
this I know, but the struggle to reclaim
the Name is the journey from Eden to Paradise
Perfect and Eternal when the Name given is
over us & can never, ever be taken away.
With smiling face I write how I am again
wooed and wowed and surprised in the
best & most glorious of ways by the Name returned. The
joy rekindled and the fire set aflame. I realize
it is a story of Joy’s Name, but of every name ever
given. How it is our gift implanted in our
soul but it is marred by the Fall and life and we
struggle to regain, fight to see ourselves redeemed…
we lose our way and forget that when it’s a name
we want for our own and that is the end, well
we lose it again only to receive it back
purified and empowered to journey with us Home
and to surrender to the One Glory, the One Name
the One Joy who is the source of all.