Benjamin means "favored son", or literally "son of my right hand". Samuel means "...because I asked of God". The Historical account of Hannah in the Old Testament is the root of our choosing this name. After much difficulty bearing a child, she fervently asked of God to give a son to her, and God answered her prayer. In response, she dedicated her son to God. Samuel grew up to be a great prophet and righteous servant of God all the days of his life. Our prayer for our son, in dedicating his life to our Heavenly Father, is that he be a righteous and wise man of God, truly worthy of being named after Samuel.
Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob (Israel), who Jacob favored and held dear to his heart after "losing" Joseph, the only other son of his beloved wife, Rachel. Benjamin grew into a warrior tribe of skilled marksmen who were deft at defending Israel for generations. Apparently a fighter and defender of the Nation of Israel, Benjamin is a fitting name for our little tuff-guy, who has shown us his energetic "fighting" spirit throughout Jenell's pregnancy with his constant activity.
Thank you Lord, for this precious gift.
Rob & Jenell