Called by name…
I have been meditating on this verse as I prepare to preach Sunday. A recurring theme in the lectionary texts for Sunday is that of being named by God. I have been reflecting in recent weeks on who I am–the name by which God calls me. Not just the name my parents gave me at birth, but the deep sense of identity and purpose that comes from interacting with God and God’s people.
I have updated my About page incorporating some of my sense of identity–how I hear God naming me and how my story fits within the community of God.
Where do we get our name? Who or what names us? What do we look to as we seek to understand our true identity? What story shapes us? We always interpret our individual stories within a broader communal story? Within which communal stories do we place our individual story?
These are some of the questions that are perculating as I prepare for Sunday.