After two daughters, my parents were expecting a baby boy and had already chosen his name: Lance. But surprise, surprise, I was born as their third daughter, so instead of Lance they named me April after the month of my birth.
Some say that the name April comes from the Latin aperire, which means to open—most likely a reference to flowers that open in the spring in the northern hemisphere. Others trace it to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. But one year I found another explanation of my name that’s become my favourite.
My husband and I were on vacation in San Francisco, and had a fabulous time that included an afternoon at the Muir Woods National Monument, which is north of the city. I loved walking among the towering, centuries-old, redwood trees; finding sanctuary in the quiet of Cathedral Grove; and afterward in the gift shop, I found a small wooden box with the name April that said it means “blossom,” and underneath “you have an abundance of energy and vision.”
As I’ve been pondering and praying over the coming year, that word blossom keeps coming back to me. What will open up for me this year? Where will God channel my abundance of energy and vision? How will this year grow and blossom?
So for the coming year, my one word is blossom, and I look forward to what this year will bring!
Writing/Reflection Prompt: Have you decided on one word for the coming year, and how did it emerge for you?
One Word Links
Find Your Word of the Year – a friend shared this link with 7 questions to help identify your word of the year. I tried it just for fun and got the word hope–a fine word, but it didn’t resonate with me as much as blossom.
My One Word – offers a three-step process to help you choose a word.
One Word 365 – sample words to help you choose, and a search feature to help you find others with the same word, but when I checked no one else had registered the word blossom, and it might still be under the radar as I didn’t register either.
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