On the 6th of July 2016 we held Shiloh's full month celebration at the Fullerton Hotel, Straits Room. This venue was painstaking restored to it's colonial glory and preserved as it was. It was a good chance to catch up with family and reconnect with old friends.
Here's an excerp of my thank you speech, explaining our choice for our daughter's name.
"So why did we name her Jing Ying? It’s taken from Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. 敬畏耶和華 to have 聪颖.
Proverbs 31: 10-31 summarizes the meaning of this “Wisdom”. Proverbs 31 speaks of the “virtuous” woman. The Hebrew root word more aptly describes it as “strength” and “valour”; more often to describe armies. In the rest of the chapter, we see this strong, valiant, wise woman, also having business acumen, yet generous and very importantly, she’s diligent. These are the traits we hope to inculcate in our little one. And it all starts with teaching her to fear the Lord. Hence her name 敬颖.
1 Samuel 1. The House of God was in Shiloh. The Ark of the Covenant was in Shiloh. Hannah had her prayer answered when she prayed at Shiloh.
This is to remind us that the Lord heard our prayer and granted this precious girl to us.
1 Samuel 3. The word of the Lord was precious in those days and there was no open vision. Yet the Lord called to Samuel at Shiloh.
It is our hope for Shiloh that the Lord’s presence will always be with her; that she will carry His presence and be a light and testimony for Jesus. Also that the Lord will call to her as He did to the Prophet Samuel when he was a small boy. And Shiloh would be sensitive and obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit all the days of her life.
And Finally, why Shiloh? So that she can join Jordan and Emmaus to play “Find my name on the Map of the Middle East” – Just Kidding!
So today, as we dedicate Shiloh to the Lord; it is as much a dedication of Ziyan and myself to bringing her up to be a woman that loves and fears the Lord".