Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it
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. — Isaiah 43;1
More thoughts for meditation
In his text, Manning describes his first encounter with Jesus, when he was about to quit seminary and was killing time by doing the stations of the cross.
“Suddenly a tremendous wave of concussion force knocked me over backward and swept me off the beach, reeling in midair, marching through space, vaguely aware that I was being carried to a place I had never been before – the heart of the Jesus Christ. When He called my name, it was not Richie or Brennan, but another word that I shall not disclose, a word that is my very own name, spoken with infinite love. It is the sweetest sound I shall ever year, the name by which Jesus knows me.” (The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus)
Suggestions for action
What word does Jesus use to call you? What’s your “name” to Him? Write it down today, ponder it, and try to understand why you wrote it down. Show it to a friend, and see what wisdom they have to offer you, too. Find comfort and know today that you are God’s beloved.
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