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A Clarity in Meaning

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However, more significantly, my name signifies the beliefs that are furrowed deeply within my very being.

However, a far deeper meaning underlies the , my name signifies the beliefs that are furrowed deeply within my very essence, that are a part of my very soul, that dictate the way I live and interact with those around me. Claire — it represents the joy and hope I have in my Savior Jesus Christ, and my place in heaven as a daughter of the One True King. He has cleared my name from the guilt, the death, and the punishment that I deserve as a sinful human being; he has cleared my iniquity, and given me the unfailing promise of everlasting life; he has given me his bright light to shine upon my path and guide me in all my ways. Claire — a symbol of the enduring hope that I possess and of the light shining within me that reflects from the glorious face of my Lord and Savior. Psalm 34:5 states that “those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be put to shame.” Christ has made me radiant, and My God has ransomed me! Jesus’ blood was spilled so that I might be cleansed and live with him forever, cleared of guilt and free of shame. (1 john 1:9) On account of his great sacrifice, I have been made clean in the Lord’s sight!

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Not only does my name symbolize [who I am in the eyes of Christ] [my identity in Christ], but it also [waves as a standard] [stands as a beacon] for the way I strive to live my life. Because of the abounding mercy God has showed me, I attempt to live my life purely and for the Lord, shining brightly for all to see His light, and not mine. I have been called to stand as a beacon of Christ’s mercy and goodness to all those around me. Of course, my imperfect nature prohibits perfection in any regard. Inevitably, there are times when I, like every other human being, fail to live up to those standards. I yell at my family. I complain about the things that children on the other side of the planet would jubilantly exult over. I speak and act in manners that inaccurately depict the truths that I strive to pursue. Yet, there is beauty in my imperfection, because despite my failures, God still loves me and rejoices to call me his own.

Yet, however fitting, Claire will not exist as my name forever. Christ has declared that “to the one who is victorious, [he] will . . . give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it” (Revelation 2:17). According to these words in the book of Revelation, it is clear that I will one day recieve a new name. A perfect name. An intimate name known only to myself and to my God. A name, that for the present, is known by God alone.

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