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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 9, 2022

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SUNDAY, January 9                           1 Epiphany

Isaiah 43:1 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Our names say so much about our identity. The way we indicate the accents or elongate certain syllables can provide insight into our heritage and culture. Our names may have a deep meaning or a rich history, passed down from one generation to another.

I am named after my grandmother, a woman of perseverance and honor. I have always felt it a privilege to be named so carefully after a great matriarch. At some point though, I began to feel overwhelmed, worried that I might never live up to my namesake.

Today, I take great comfort in knowing that God calls me on a first-name basis. Each name is chosen and called by God because we are God’s creation. I don’t have to live into an image or expectation. I can rest in the power of knowing that God formed me, redeemed me, and called me by name to remind me that I am God’s.

MOVING FORWARD: What does your name mean to you? If you are named in honor of someone, learn more about their story and legacy.

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