SCRIPTURE:  But now, thus says the Lord, the one who created you, O Jacob, the one who formed you, O Israel:  Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.    Isaiah 43:1

MEDITATION: I am not good at remembering people’s names… unfortunate trait for one in the business of meeting and interacting with people all the time!  But I do know how emotionally powerful and deeply connecting it is for people to use one another’s names or nicknames!   Our name communicates so much about who we are and what we are like.   Parents-to-be often think carefully about their choice of a name for their baby.  Isn’t it wonderful that God calls us by name?  God knows us so intimately, loves us so much, and values us so intensely that God calls us by name!

PRAYER: God of many names, we are grateful that you know us intimately and love us unconditionally.  Amen.