Janet. Shane. Gene, Jean, Joanna, John, Juan, Ian, Johann, Hanna. All names derived from chana, the Hebrew word for “gracious.”
In Greek it’s “charis,” which has come down to us in English in the word charismatic. And in the actress Charisma Carpenter, who was one of the funniest things about “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Seriously, she was hilarious.
I was thinking about “gracious” today. We usually think about a gracious person as someone having good manners, but it really has to do with someone who is giving. If you say or do something graciously, you are giving courtesy, respect, time, consideration, attention beyond that which you have to. You’re treating the recipient of your graciousness as being worthy of your best.
The Bible tells us over and over that God is a gracious God. He gives to us, abundantly and again, without any kind of compensation.
Let us be gracious as well, friends.
Oh, and I was trying to crop that image to take out the whole “my Hebrew name” part at the bottom, but for some reason I was having trouble with the graphics editor on my blogging publisher. Weird. I’ve never had any difficulty before. Oh, well.
Hope all’s well out there, and God bless.