Reflections on Faith and Community
In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.
Andrew S. Odom
You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
I recently read a story about a teacher in an impoverished area in Colorado who goes through the same experience every year when she learns the names of her new class. Every time she does it, she inevitably comes across a name that has more than one pronunciation. When the student is asked for the correct pronunciation, the typical response is, “Whatever is fine.” It is then that this teacher stops and, with clarity in her voice, replies, “No, it is not. It’s your name. Tell me how to say it.” Her hope in doing so is to help students understand the importance of their name. For some, she says, it is all they have.
Life is uncertain and messy. It comes with no guarantees. It holds no promise that tomorrow will be better than today. But when we are baptized, Jesus calls us by name and then gives us his name. Amidst the uncertainty of life, the name that is above all names is generously and abundantly given to us, imprinted upon our very souls. God claims us in baptism, promising us a life filled with the sound of his voice and the confidence of his presence, the one who keeps calling us by name. After all, nothing is quite as personal as a name. In the end, it is all we really have, and it is enough.
Published on 12/05/2016 @ 8:45 PM CDT