What’s in a name?
For months, more like years, I sifted through name after name. Remember the old library card catalogs? Picture that in my brain. I was continuously racking my mind to find the perfect title for my book, but they all seemed to fall short.
One day I got a call from my dear friend, Melissa.
“I have a name for your book,” she said with confidence.
“Okay, let’s hear it,” I replied.
And then she said it:
“I”LL WALK WITH YOU.“
*DING DING DING* That was it!!! That was the name I’ve been waiting for!
My eyes welled up, my heart started to race and joy radiated in my soul. It took me a second to process, because that title seemed so obvious and I wondered how I hadn’t thought of it! I’LL WALK WITH YOU I repeated to myself. It was perfect, and honestly, I give her all the credit.
Here are the reasons why I fell in love with the name I’LL WALK WITH YOU:
• Michael and I physically, mentally and emotionally walked with Hunter, even when he couldn’t and wouldn’t walk. We held his hand and took one tiny step after another as he learned to trust the prosthesis that took the place of his amputated leg. With every fall, stride, and then run and jump, we were there and never stopped walking with him. They were times when we didn’t know how much farther we could go, but we knew we had to keep moving forward for him.
• I would never have gotten through if it weren’t for my loyal and loving friends and amazing community. They donated, organized fundraisers, brought dinners, and so much more. We are often told that the answer to our prayers can come through someone else and I know that many of our prayers were answered. People gathered, uplifted, prayed, and gave of their time and money. They walked with us every step of the way and we will never forget it.
• Our loving Heavenly Father was mindful of us, and loved us and I have never felt forsaken. That is not to say that my faith removed all the agony and heartache. But we knew that we were sustained and strengthened by a loving and tender God.
• The name was inspired by one of my favorite children’s songs. I remember learning and loving it in my youth. The simple melody and sweet words have stayed with me all throughout my life, and when Hunter lost his leg, the song took on a whole new meaning.
I’ll Walk With You by Carol Lynn Pearson
Ps. Speaking of names, in case you are wondering, here’s how you say mine:
Now you know!