Tyndall--Tricia's maiden name. We want our son to know he is fully immersed in our family, forever and for always. We felt that giving him such an obvious family name would help accomplish that.
The actual name 'Tyndall' is Scottish and comes from Tyne-Dale... Tyne (Pronounced with a long 'i') is a river and Dale means valley. So, his name literally means "valley of the Tyne".
Our verse we are praying for this name is John 7:38, "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." We pray that Tyndall will know Jesus and that he will allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through his life.
Also significant is the man William Tyndale. We have a movie called "God's Outlaw" that is about the life of William Tyndale. He felt a call from God to translate the Scriptures into common English so that they would be accessible to all, not only clergymen. For more about William Tyndale's life, click here. We pray that our Tyndall will follow this example of allegiance to Christ, no matter the cost.
James--from the Bible, also a family name, also the middle name of Matt's college roommate, which is where we originally decided to use James. James literally means "supplanter" which means substitute or replace. We pray his identity will be supplanted from one who was lonely to one who has a family!
Our verse we are associating with his middle name is James 1:1, "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ..." We pray that as the writer of the Book of James described himself, that this would be true of our son as well.
As more of Tyndall's story is able to be shared, we look forward to sharing even more special meanings of his name.