I would like to tell you how we picked your name. Let's start with your middle name. Everett is in honor of your great-grandpa Everett Oswald Bare who was a man who pointed his family to God. The boy in the photo above is your grandpa Papa Bare, Everett's son.
A poem he wrote I have memorized since childhood still hangs in my dad's office to this day. May his legacy live on. I miss my grandpa and pray someday you will meet each other in heaven.
Your first name Roy is inspired by a name of God: El Roi
The Hebrew word for "See" (ra'ah) is the word from which "roi" (El Roi) is derived. I want you to know Roy that the first verses that I memorized on my own initiative are the following:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Let me show you how wonderful this is my son, we see the term El Roi for the first time in Genesis. The setting is Hagar (Sarai's Maid) flees to the desert because of being mistreated. She flees into the desert where there should be nothing and runs into God.
So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her,
“You are a God of seeing, for she said,
Truly here I have seen him who looks after me."
Genesis 16:13 ESV
Therefore the well was called Beer-Lahai-Roi;
it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
- You would personally, deeply, and intimately know God
- When difficulties and pain happen in your life, you will seek El Roi earnestly
- You would be willing to be transparent in the presence of El Roi and others
- You would be a righteous man who runs into the strong tower of the God who sees
- You would be willing to be molded into God's likeness and deny your own selfishness
- Overall, our biggest prayer is that you, Roy Everett Holland, would be a light in this dark world and tell others about the God (EL ROI) who sees them.
More details about your name inspiration can be found at these two links: El Roi - The God who sees after me and Yahweh Roi My Shepherd.
With lots of love your mom,