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Faith, Hope and ……

One of these days I’m going to write a novel.  Two of the characters are going to be named Shirley Goodness and Mercy.  They are going to be stalkers who follow the main character around all the time.   Some of you will get that in a minute.

Lots of people name their children with biblical names.  I did.  My daughter’s middle name is Elizabeth.  My son’s name is Andrew.  Good biblical names.

There are lots of others.  Mark, Peter, Paul.  You don’t find many Zaccheus’ these days, but if you did they would probably climb trees.

There are a lot of Faith’s, aren’t there?  And lots of Hopes.  However, you don’t find the third of that series getting much action for a name.

You don’t find many Loves out there.

Why is that?

Of course, I am referring to these in 1 Corinthians 13;13.  Paul writes, “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

I wonder.  We love to name a little girl Faith.  We love to name a little girl Hope.  We just don’t seem to love to name a little girl Love.

Could it be that if we had three girls and names them Faith, Hope and Love that we are declaring that one of them is greater than the others?

Do we subconsciously know that Love is the greatest of these three so we leave Love out as a name?

Do we somehow know that we really fail at Love sometimes and we don’t want to place such a burden on someone?  They are supposed to be the greatest.  We don’t want them to fail at Love and not live up to that high standard?

I don’t know if that’s the answer.  Perhaps it just doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.

Or perhaps it’s because someone else already has that name.  After all, God is Love.

What do you think?  Why do we have girls named Faith and Hope, but not Love?

  1. January 26, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Can you imagine a husband turning to his wife in the local Wally World and saying, “Hey Love” and having a whole bunch of women saying, “Yes?” 🙂 To be honest, I have no answer to your question.

  2. January 26, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Our daughter’s name is Hannah Grace. Hannah means grace, so she has a double portion of grace!

  3. January 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

    So true you see so many girls named Faith and Hope. I think Love is something that all people know or should now but I think of it as more in terms of a feeling then anything else. Maybe thats why a girl named loved would sound weird to me.

  4. Dave Goff
    January 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    There are some girls named Charity, which is the way the passage reads in the KJV. We only have one generation of parents since other translations that use the translation “love” have come even close to equaling the popularity of the KJV.

    • January 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Good point. But you just really ruined the humor in my post. 🙂

  1. January 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

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