My niece Vera is serious about her name. She does not like to be called anything but her name. Pop always gets to her when he calls her a play name like, “cutie” or “shorty”. She always replies, “that’s not my name, my name is Vera!” Now Vera is only 3-years-old but she sticks up for her name with conviction. It is wonderful that at only 3-years-old she knows the importance of her name and she demands that no matter what the alternative nickname is she wants to be called only the name given to her.
I was thinking about all this because I was in the nail shop the other day and I sat next to this girl with the same name as mine. I always get excited when I meet another Shireal since it’s not a very common name. Anyway, she asked me did I know the meaning of our name and I told her the truth which was, no. She told me that Shireal is a Hebrew name and it means A Song From God. As soon as she said it a smile spread across my face. Of all the things in the world that my name could have meant that had to be the most beautiful.
In learning this I began to think about my life and how God has made me a writer and what an amazing gift being a writer is. Being a writer has truly turned my life into a well-composed song that I have had the privilege of being able to conduct. I’ve written books, stories, poems, essays, movies and even songs. Writing this song that is my life has saved me. I’ve always known that my story was already written – any believer in the Higher Power knows this, but to know that when my life was written it was as a melody from God, this knowledge has truly changed my perspective on how I live.
I want to make sure that the rest of my song is a Grammy winning song. I want it to be written and translated into 50 different languages. I want people singing the lyrics for generations that surpass my life in the flesh and transcends into my spirit life. I want my song to be magnanimous! I want it to teach, touch, guide and heal people to change lives and minds. I want it to be worthy of being from God. I am so thankful today for my name SHIREAL! Renee. A name I use to be ashamed of when I was a child, I wasn’t as brilliant as Vera at that age. As an adult I’ve learned to love my name and now that I know the meaning of it I know there is nothing not to love. Especially when it is A Song From God.