Oh, How Sweet A Name!

Isn’t it a beautiful name? I always thought so, even as a child. I never even thought of wanting any other. (My FB name Tqhousecat was a temporary alias that I couldn’t rectify so it stuck). It wasn’t until I was grown that I learned its meaning. Rebellious, bitter, a wished-for child. How could that be? Isn’t this the name of Jesus’s mother? I wasn’t catholic, but my relatives were. They worshipped her. I only knew Jesus.


And then there was Mary Magdalene, that adulterous woman. She bore the same name. She fit the description more, I thought. However, when I sought the Lord, I was tipping the scale toward Mary Magdalene. Jesus put me on holy ground. Later I learned more about Jesus’s mother. She carried a bitter burden watching her Son live and die. A bitter sword to pierce her heart, scripture records.

Names aren’t lived up to. They are you and you are them. Maybe they are to be realized. Jesus doesn’t live up to his name. He IS His name. What my name is, is bitter and yes, I have A bitter life at times, a bitter attitude, a rebellious will. But Jesus in me has put me on Holy ground. As His creation I bear His image. As a sinner, I bear my earthly identification, as redeemed I bear His life in me. I always seek that even, Holy ground.

And then there is Mary, Queen of Scots! One who lost her head! What a heritage of extremes I have!



You can erase your name
Tattoos engraved on your soul
Can ne’er be hidden


dVersepoetspub.com prompt is your name. Write a poem of any form about the meaning of your name. Been thinking on these lines for a few weeks. I have a few perspectives, this is one.

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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11 Responses to Oh, How Sweet A Name!

  1. Gina says:

    the name Mary is a much loved and respected name. it carries a lot of strength too.


  2. V.J. Knutson says:

    Love the haiku – so true.


  3. rothpoetry says:

    I really enjoyed reading about the history of your name. You summed it up very well. The haiku really completes your piece!


  4. I think it is a mark of worthiness to be able to swim in all of that bitterness. The Chinese call it “chi ku” or “eat bitter” and they wear it with pride when they’ve proved they’re able to do so. And, isn’t it a worthy name to suffer with Jesus?


  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    Wonderful goal to “seek that even, Holy ground”.


  6. mhmp77 says:


    Infamous personalities seem to revolve around the name. Despite all of its occurrences in its original package Mary is the chosen one!



  7. There is so much history on a great name like Mary


  8. Mish says:

    I think of it as a classic, dignified, name. I’ve never met a Mary I didn’t like. 🙂
    This is superb….”You can erase your name
    Tattoos engraved on your soul
    Can ne’er be hidden


  9. Grace says:

    My first name is Mary and there are so many Marys in this world that I wasn’t called by it. You have a lot of history with your name.


  10. Smiles.. i always felt it was a little strange that
    ‘they’ didn’t give Jesus back his original Aramaic
    Name when ‘they’ Found Yeshua again
    Away From Roman Empire Greek
    Speak back then…
    it was almost
    then Like the
    New Greek
    Name was
    more Important
    Than A Living Water
    A Breath of Life the Bread
    of Life that is Love at Essence
    for and as all of us as some folks do
    Arise to the Capstone Level of Self-Actualization
    And Unconditional Love For Absolutely all There is as Agape Love
    Now Cross Culturally
    seen still
    as Essence
    Above all Names
    as of course even in the
    10 commandments that Law
    States that calling God by any
    name is taking God’s Name in Vain
    but of course Labels have Meaning and
    Purpose as Names do too in Holy and Sacred
    Feeling Ways of Being for all of us now in Religious
    Bonds of Binds too.. True.. Namaste is A Best Religious
    Name i’ve come across yet and i do believe the Essence
    of the Love Story of Jesus Does agree.. sadly though as
    Group Think Goes in Tribal Instinct those who Love
    Everyone without fail and all of existence as is
    as God with No Name but all that is Loving it
    True in LiGHT Free Will be outcast from ‘those’
    Groups which
    now anyone
    Truly like the Story
    of Jesus might have only
    A Couple of Friends or Just
    A Mother Named Mary and a
    Friend Named Mary Standing All
    True to Love through the Very End and
    it’s True you might be amazed how many
    So-Called Christians Delete this Story still
    as i tell
    it still
    no Regret or
    Shame Just Love Long And True
    but it really Doesn’t Hurt as Love
    Conquers All Doubt.. Fear.. And Hate Still Now..
    allone alone..:)


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