a sound strong body

I had Gabriel’s name chosen before we knew he was “he” and before we knew he had LBWC. Apparently the Spanish meaning was the one I found to begin with: “God is my strength.” I loved it.

But today I learned the Hebrew meaning for Gabriel: “God’s able-bodied one.” So, I headed off to look up the meaning of able-bodied and here is what I found: “having a sound strong body.”

How interesting given the diagnosis he’s received. Is this why I still seem so at peace with all of this? (most of the time) Will God really give Gabriel healing this side of Heaven? Will he be God’s able-bodied one here on Earth?

I still don’t know. What I do know is it was no mistake that this was the name we chose for him.

Last night I was saying to Brian that I just don’t have anything new to say to God about Gabe. I feel like I’m praying the same things over and over. (which is okay, I suppose) But I have been given new words today:

God, please make Gabriel to be your able-bodied one.
I speak to his body to be sound and strong.
Make Gabriel whole.

There you have it. Gabriel “God’s able-bodied one” Elliott “Jehovah is God”


  1. Gabriel is a beautiful name for a beautiful baby. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. We had a Gabriel too, born at Christmas, named for the angel who came to Mary.

    Will keep you all and especially him in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Catherine W says:

    I also love the name Gabriel. Both the Spanish and the Hebrew meaning are beautiful. You have chosen such a lovely name for your son, Gabriel Elliott.
    Thinking of you and your family. xo

  4. What a wonderful prayer. You know how I am with names, and Gabe’s is absolutely perfect for him. I too have felt like I’m just praying the same thing over and over for all of you, but that is my heart’s desire. I’m mostly trying to rest and trust God with the whole situation. Still praying!!

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