‘Child who takes the anger away.’

There’s a Nigerian woman, who is now a doctor at a famous American hospital, whose African name means ‘Child who takes the anger away.’ The reason she was given this name, she said was that her parents had been forbidden by their parents to marry each other; and when they went ahead and did marry they were ostracized by both families. But then her mother became pregnant, and when the grandparents held her in their arms for the first time, the walls of hostility came down. She became the one who swept the anger away. ‘That’s why my parents gave me this name,’ she said. It reminds me that the Bible says that Jesus came into this world to bring reconciliation between people and God, and each other. It also reminds me that we are now called to do the same.

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