Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Our eldest daughter, Brittany, and her husband, Josiah, lost their first baby two years ago. He was named after Josiah. We call him J. J had Trisomy 18 and lived for an amazing seven hours. Seven hours that changed our lives. After J passed away, a group of friends arranged for a large black gum tree to be planted in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park in honor of his life. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, friends and family took part in planting the tree, then gathered around it to thank God for the impact J had on all our lives. A few months ago, Brittany and Josiah had another baby. They named her Schenley. This beautiful little girl is special on her own merits, and her name holds extra special meaning.
A name is more than a combination of letters. Often, it carries significance from the past and represents present character and personality. So it is with the names of God. The names of God are who he is and what he does.
On this first day of 2022, I invite you to join me in considering the names of God. The psalmist says, “Those who know your name trust in you.” Tunch Ilkin used to say that if you want to know God more intimately, study his names. Let’s do this together so we can know God more intimately, love him more passionately, and follow him wholeheartedly.
As I begin this study of your names, please be my teacher. Show me why you chose each name for yourself. Show me who you are. Help me to know you by name so I can trust you and follow you each day of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Be sure to send your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to pray for you.
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