This week’s fad on Facebook (and it’s a fitting one in Te Reo Maori Language Week) is What’s my name in Maori. You simply write in your name, click, and the translated name appears.
What’s in a name? Why is a name so important?
It’s given to us as a love gift from our parents who often will have poured through many lists to find their favourite sounding name, or perhaps waited till your arrival to find a name they thought best matched you! In many cultures, it is through the name choice that parents express their hopes and dreams for their precious little one.
A name individualizes us, and separates us out from everyone around us. And how important that is in a world where we can get so easily lost with so much busyness and so many foci calling for our attention.
The Scriptures reassure us that God knows our name. (Have a look at Isaiah 49:1, Exodus 33:12 or Isaiah 43:1 for just a few examples if you’re interested in developing this further). God knows us, and notices us. Be comforted in this today. Then pause and listen – and sense his calling your name
Arohanui/much love, with deep affection