A few people have asked how we came up with our son's name ... it took us a l-o-n-g time to finally decide on one. Ironically, when we got home from the hospital, we couldn't even remember what the name Luke meant. Jason quickly looked it up and found that it means "bringer of light." We love this and can only hope that he will bring light to those around him.
We also re-visited what the Message translation of the Bible had to say in the introduction to Luke:
"Luke is a most vigorous champion of the outsider. An outsider himself, the only Gentile in an all-Jewish cast of New Testament writers, he shows how Jesus includes those who typically were treated as outsiders by the religious establishment of the day; women, common labourers (sheepherders), the racially different (Samaritans), the poor [and the unclean, lepers and other social outcasts]. He will not countenance religion as a club. As Luke tells the story, all of us who have found ourselves on the outside looking in on life with no hope of gaining entrance (and who of us hasn’t felt it?) now find the doors wide open, found and welcomed by God in Jesus."
This is so beautiful to me and I love the heritage of the name.
Thomas was an easier pick -- this is my Dad's name and I wanted to honor him with choosing it as part of our son's name.