12/11Candy Canes Pwned

I’ve never been fond of my first name “Barbara.” For one thing, it gets misspelled. Thank you, Barbra Streisand, for being miserly with your A’s. For another, nicknames.  “Barb-wire.” “Barbie Doll.” Even the hated “Babs.” I cringe at them all. Lastly, I’ve known since I was a kid that the name “Barbara” means “stranger in a foreign land,” an outsider, one who doesn’t belong. It’s a meaning of alienation. At least that’s the way I’ve always looked at it.  Recently, I ran across a deeper meaning for “Barbara.” John Dehnart on his name meaning website (reference available)says “…but when you think about the Biblical concepts about being a stranger in a foreign land, we often find that God’s purpose for that person was to bring His messages of truth and salvation. We also find that a person chosen to be a missionary has the qualities of courage and determination.” I’ve never thought of my name in that manner before. I’ll never be a missionary in a foreign land, but I’m owning my name just a little bit more these days. I wore candy cane socks today. I own them too.

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