When I was in school there were at least six other “Kathy’s” in my class. The name Kathy, Cathy, Katherine, Catherine, Kathryn, must have been at the top of the “most popular girl’s name” list for a number of years in the late ’50’s and early ’60’s. Distinctions would be made according to our last name initial. I had the distinction of being the only one with the latter spelling: Kathryn. It wasn’t until later in life when I discovered my inner Anglophile (lover of all things Anglo/Celtic), that I learned the appearance of the letter “y” in names denotes an Anglo/Celtic variation of the name.
Rarely did I see my name – uniquely spelled with an “ryn” – in the common marketplace. When people who didn’t know me attempted to write my name, they invariably started it with a “C’ and ended it with an “erine”.
Imagine my delight when I came across this lovely little gal stepping out in all her Royal Daulton pink glory, marking her colonial elegance with the name “Kathryn”!
Now, as I live in an eclectic country, Victorian, cabin, shabby, vintage, what-not decor of a home, I do not own a curio cabinet with lots of elegant items to surround my beautiful little lady in a proper display. She would have to be content with a hodge-podge of whatever I’d brought home from my latest thrift store shopping spree. She doesn’t seem to mind, though. It only makes her stand out from the rest.
In the Bible, names are very important. There are many instances of where the Lord gives a new name after an individual is transformed such as Abram becoming Abraham, Jacob becoming Israel, Simon becoming Peter, Saul becoming Paul, and may others. The change in their lives demanded a name change to properly define them.
My mother named me Kathryn – meaning purity. From birth I was called to purity. Through Christ I am equipped to walk in the purity of His Spirit. I have always had a desire to surround myself with “pure” things. I see the world in black and white (sorry, no pink) – pure and impure. I prefer the surrounding of good things and beauty – whatever is PURE, noble, just, lovely, virtuous, excellent . . . you know – that nifty little checklist from Philippians 4:8. It can often be difficult in a world contaminated with impurities – but through His Spirit, the Lord teaches me to discern the purities to be found therein. And, they are there – in abundance – God’s goodness pervading impurity when you seek His Light in darkness.
I am sharing this “purely pink thought” with Beverly on Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.