What’s in a name?

One of my favorite stories growing up was about Rumpelstiltskin, a little man who granted wishes to the woman who had been given the impossible task of spinning hay into gold.  The plot hinges on the woman finding out the name of this little man.  Knowing his name gave her power.

What’s in a name?  How powerful is a name?  As Christians we talk about calling on the “name of God”.  It’s an old expression, “in the name of….”  I remember watching old cops and robbers TV shows where they would yell out, “Stop  in the name of the law!”

Names mean something.  We value our own “good name”, and don’t like it if people badmouth it.  We may feel uncomfortable if people take the Lord’s name in vain.  Why does this bother us?  A name is not the same as the person is it?  Or is it more connected than just a label?  What do names mean?

This Sunday we will be talking about the name of Jesus, and how calling on Jesus is a way of walking with Jesus, a way of drawing closer to God.  We’ll look at how the “Jesus prayer” has been used throughout history, and how it can help us.

This week’s prayer:  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus in the morning, Jesus at the noontime.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus till the sun goes down!

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