Author - JoANNA KINCH
Residential & Commercial Property Landlord // Community Councillor// Busy Fingers & Feet
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Ebenezer! Isn't that a strange name for a property business? Here's the true story.....
Many people wonder what’s the name Ebenezer all about? I’m here to blow the lid off the mystery.
We all know that a name is important and for a child there is nothing worse than having a name that is open to finger pointing and mocking. Historically names had a meaning that was either a desire, proclamation or something to reflect the feelings of the parents at that time. In the same way a name for a business is just as important, after all it’s like a child that we nurture and help grow
The name Ebenezer doesn’t come from the love of Charles Dickens or as a celebration of Ebenezer Scrooge. Rather it is inspired by a little chapel in the countryside, an ‘Ebenezer Chapel’. The chapel was built at the time when there were more chapels than pubs in Wales, and the word Ebenezer comes from a story in the Bible where the prophet Samuel erected a stone as a monument to commemorate help from God as recorded in (Samuel 7:12-14).
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,[a] saying, “Thus far theLord has helped us.”.
And so, Ebenezer was adopted as a commemorative word and thanks for God’s help, bacuase, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us”.
In summary, the fictitious character Ebenezer Scrooge, who was transformed in Dicken’s ‘Christmas Carol’, lies under a stone in a dark grave, whereas the real Ebenezer is a stone proclaiming the goodness of God as detailed in the
Bible and stands firmly above the ground.
Until next time
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