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Subject: Re:The Spelling of My Name
Date: October 18 , 2005

Many of my old friends used to know me as "Bo". I have had many folks ask me about why I spell my name with an "H" now. So, for those of you who don't know the story, I will tell it now. This is probably the singular most fantastic message I have ever personally received from the Lord.

Back in 1993, I attended a counseling/recovery group that met every Wednesday night. It was my last meeting with this particular group, becuase I was leaving to go on tour with the Kim Boyce band the very next day. Therefore, I had to do something called "closure". This is the process of saying all the things that need to be said, and making sure that there are no loose ends hanging, so to speak. I spoke to each person in the group in turn, telling them how they had impacted my life and what I appreciated about them. It was a very emotional and touching experience. That night we also discussed the significance of my name for some reason. My therapist, Max, asked if I'd ever thought about changing my name. No, I had always liked "Bo", even though it was short for "Bobo", my great grandmother's maiden name, which means "clown" or "idiot" in many languages. Well, I must admit I've always been teased about that name. It takes a tough man to be named "Bobo"! Ever since I was a small kid I was fascinated with the name God might have for me, the one I read about in
Rev. 2:17..."to him who overcomes I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone, which no one knows except him who receives it".
The very next morning I woke up in my bunk on the tour bus as we were travelling down the highway. It was my habit then to spend 20 minutes just laying in the arms of God, not saying anything, but just letting Him love on me. During this time I fell back asleep and had an astounding dream:

I was playing catch with a man I knew to be Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. It was twilight and the sky was awash in deep purples and reds. We tossed the ball back and forth, then after awhile, Jesus knelt down and picked up a small white stone. He casually tossed it to me and it rolled up to my feet. I picked up the stone with excitement and held it up close to my eyes. I could see that something was inscribed in the rock, but it was fuzzy, and I couldn't focus on it. I kept saying "I want to see! I want to see!" Finally, the inscription clearly came into focus. Plainly engraved in the white stone were the letters BOH.
All at once, I awoke with chills, remembering the verse in Revelations quoted earlier. Then, I remembered how God changed Abram's name to AbraHam, and his wife Sarai, became SaraH! (He put the H of Yahweh into their names!) I wondered if the H had any significance, or if the word BOH might mean something in Hebrew. Sure enough, I asked a friend of mine who spoke Hebrew...and she said excitedly, "Bo, you're not going to believe this, but the letters BOH in Hebrew literally mean, 'In Him'!!.
Whoa! I've spelled it that way ever since. I told Max, my counselor, the story and he absolutely loved it. Now, everytime we see each other he greets me saying, "Hello, Bo with an H, and H is for Holy".

So there you go. I'm still the same Bo you know from way back when, but God's name for me is something very special to my heart.

Old Entries:
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Thoughts on my wedding.
Sept. 20, 2005
Re: New Message Board and mp3 files
October 2, 2005
Re: Re: The Wedding of Amy Alderson and James Otto


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