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Avai Amos Murray Shram

Avai Amos Murray Shram

Avai Amos Murray Shram

 

Avai

"Wellspring of the Father's Supernatural Power"

God gave me this name for him when I was still a teenager. I had been learning about how God thinks generationally, and I asked God about my kids.

He said, "You will have a firstborn son, and his name will be Avai. And he will demonstrate my supernatural power." 

I didn't know what his name meant so I began searching for the meaning. The closest name I could find was the Hebrew name "Avi", which means "wellspring".

The added "A" is from God's preferred name: Abba.

 

Amos

"Strong, Brave, Carried"

Leisha and I spent an unexpected afternoon at a park in Nipawin. We decided to take the time we had to figure out middle names. We wanted him to have two middle names like I do–we found and loved Amos almost right away. 

When we looked up the meaning, we knew this name was for him. I felt he would need to be "strong and brave" for the adventure God had in store for his life–but the final meaning sealed it for me. 

Carried

I knew my son would live a life free from striving because he would always be carried. Carried by Leisha and I. Carried by his grandparents and our closest friends. Carried by Jesus.

 

Murray

"Lord of the Sea" • "By the Sea"

This is a middle name tradition. My great-grandfather was named Murray. My dad is Kendall Murray Shram, and I am Connor Andrew Murray Shram. Now Avai carries on the tradition.

I've spent a lot of time thinking about the expanse of God's love, and the freedom it entails: we are thrown into the great expanse of a beautiful, dangerous world. The sea of His love is further than the horizon we can see. I wanted my son to know, and to carry, the authority of a man whose purpose was to traverse the seas of life with clarity and conviction. He is born to be a leader.

With the second meaning–"By the Sea"–the entirety of the meaning becomes clear:

He will be one carried by the sea. The seas of God's love and grace.

 

Shram

Our last name is a Yiddish slang for "scar".

Allow me to be unapologetically sentimental for a moment. I am a dad now–I can afford to be cheesy. I promise you'll never catch me in "Mom Jeans", so I can afford some Hallmark-level sappiness from time to time.

He has certainly marked me forever. 

 

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