His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
Do you have a nickname? Many of us do. We may even use our nickname preferentially over our given one.
Take my husband, Danny, for instance. Everyone assumes "Danny" is a nickname for "Daniel". Wrong! His full first name is Italian: Dionino.
Does he ever use his real name? Rarely!
He always goes by "Danny".
That's the name everyone knows him by.
While I have entertained shortened versions of my name in the past, unlike Danny, I don't feel comfortable with them. I'm not a "Marty" or an MJ (short for Martha Jane).
Plain ol' "Martha" is fine with me.
Whether we go by our first name, middle name, or nickname, the most important thing for us is that others get it right.
Teachers know that only too well . . .
When I taught middle school, my most important task in that first wee is learning the names of my students. It's not easy to memorize the names of 125 brand new faces, but I force myself to concentrate.
And, fortunately, by week's end, I succeed.
Unfortunately, however, accruing all the new names means something else has to go by the wayside in the memory department. And, sadly, the first thing to go are the names of the students from the last year.
Imagine how embarrassing it is for me when they come by the classroom to say "hello" and I draw a blank. A complete and utter blank . . .
Thank goodness for terms of endearment!
"Hi, Sweetie, so good to see you!"
"So glad you stopped by, Honey."
They haven't a clue I've forgotten their names.
The ones that just last year were written on my heart.
They are content with being a "sweetie" or a "honey".
And, I am saved . . .
Many names are ascribed to God. None, but none, can ever adequately describe who He is. No matter how grand and glorious, they will always fall far short of the name known only to Him.
But, He has given us one Name that we, in our humanness, can understand.
The Name above all names.
The only one we need . . .
Will you praise His Holy Name today?
Please, pray with me:
Thank you, Father, for sending your Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. In knowing and following Him, we know You and follow Your will for our lives. May our knees bow and tongues confess that Jesus is Lord. Amen.
Psalms 103 or 148
Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12
Sunday, January 1, 2012
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