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Monday, September 15 2014

On Labor Day, I was fly-fishing on the Chattahoochee River with my fishing mentor, Joe Araoz. I'm eternally grateful to Joe for introducing me to this sport and for his patience and hospitality as he teaches me the basics. On this occasion, Joe had invited a fellow named Rob to join us. Rob was visiting from Holland and had never fished in Georgia, let alone the U.S., so Joe had invited him to join us.

Rob asked me about the meaning of my last name, Kuhlhorst. I told him that it was German. The Kuhl means cool and I had been told that horst meant hill, so that the name described someone who lived on a cool hill. I live on a cul-de-sac now-a-days. My name doesn't quite match my current residency any longer so I do wonder if I should change it to Kuhldesac. Back in 1996, we built our home on this cul-de-sac so that our children could have a safe street on which to play. They actually called themselves the Cul-de-sac kids when they were younger and putting on shows for the neighborhood. We believed this place was where God wanted us to raise our children.

What does your name mean and from whence did it originate. In the Bible, knowing the name of a person helped to understand something about where they came from and what their destiny was to become. I was reading 1 Samuel during my devotional time and rediscovered the story of Samuel's birth. His mother Hannah was barren, without child, and she prayed through her grief and great anguish. She promised that if God would grant her a son that she give him to the Lord for all of his life. This story is much more than a tale that illustrates Kubler-Ross's bargaining stage of grief. She conceived and gave birth to a son and named him Samuel which means heard of God or God heard.

What's in a name? For many of us, it's a road sign of God's will for our lives.

Posted by: Neal Kuhlhorst AT 12:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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