DEVOTION: This is My Father's Name

by Beth Bondurant

To the people of the Old Testament God's name was so holy that no one could say it. "Yahweh"... was only written YWH as there was such a chasm between God and humans... especially our worthiness to touch...speak... be in contact with the Holy of Holies

Some names in history have been so special that awe and respect automatically are associated when one hears or reads them and in the family of faith, we shun the thought of taking God's name in vain in our ordinary conversation.

We honor God's name when we understand the significance in our lives of love... of grace... of wholeness... of healing.

The cross becoming the symbol of 'God with us' seals our relationship as we have been claimed... chosen... set apart... forgiven... cleansed... unconditionally loved by the power God's love and grace.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

As God sets us free... we are sent out in God's Name to share this good news with all those around us.

Fathers and mothers... sister and brothers... are offered God's unconditional love ... in the Father's name... through our eyes, ears, feet and hands.

Strength and hope are passed on through the hands we hold out in acceptance and mercy.

Peace and joy flow through our body in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amazing grace energizes our feet as we go about sharing faithfulness and gentleness... patience and goodness.

O Father, your name is precious to us.  We will never understand the total meaning of sacrificial love but we give thanks that it is your gift to us.  We do so desire to witness to mercy and peace... and want desperately to share love and grace with the people around us.  Forgive us, O God, for not receiving the gift of life you bestow on us daily and help us be open to the whisper of your love in our heart, mind, body and spirit.  Today, again we come to admit our weakness ... to allow your wind and fire to consume us ... to melt us... to mold us... to make us into a new image in the Father's Name.