In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus actually provides God with a special name--in
that he says "Hallowed be thy name."
Now I think I may have made mention on this list, maybe, that I am one
of those strange folk who loves reading the dictionary. So I'm going to
do a little exercise regarding this special name that Jesus bestowed upon
God, linking meaning upon meaning, employing the AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY
OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
- Hallowed: (1) Made or set apart as being holy; sanctified; consecrated.
(2) Highly venerated; unassailable; sacrosanct.
- Hallow: (1) To make or set apart as holy; sanctify; consecrate. (2)
To honor as being holy; revere; adore.
- Holy: (1) Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine
power, sacred. (2) Worthy of worship or high esteem; revered. See "kailo"
in Appendix. [Kailo: Whole, uninjured, of good omen. Old English-wholesome,
health, to heal, holy, sacred.]
- Whole: (1) Containing all component parts; complete. (2) Not divided
or disjointed; in one unit, (3) Sound; healthy; restored; healed.
- Wholesome: (1) Conducive to sound health or well-being; salutary.
(2) Morally or socially salubrious.
- Healthy: (1) Possessing good health. (3) Indicative of a rational
or constructive frame of mind, sound.
- Sound: (1) Free from defect, decay, or damage; in good condition.
(3) Having a firm basis; solid; unshakable. (7) Deep and unbroken; undisturbed.
(8) Free from moral defect; upright; honorable. (9) Worthy of confidence;
- Salutary: (1) Effecting or designed to effect an improvement; beneficially
- Heal: (1) To restore to health; cure. (2) To set right; amend. (3)
To rid of sin, anxiety, or the like; restore. To become whole and sound;
return to health. See "kailo" in Appendix.
Comment: Well it looks as if our small word-game has come around full
circle. It's really interesting "what's in a name." :-)