Isaiah 43:1 – But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. (KJV)
For the last ten years or so, I have organized the annual street sale in our neighbourhood: setting the date, notifying the residents, and placing the ad in the paper. In my notice to the residents, there is a comment that anyone wishing to have anything highlighted in the ad should contact me by a certain date. The other morning, the phone rang, and when I answered it, all I got was silence. Finally, the voice on the other end said, "This is so and so up the street. I can't remember who I am calling."
Just at the moment I answered, she had pulled a blank on my name. Once we got that straightened out, we had a fine chat, catching up on all the doings of our respective families.
Isaiah tells us that God has given us each a name, and He will never forget it. We are His, and He wants only the best for us. He has forgiven us, and He has redeemed us through Christ Jesus. No matter where we may wander, we need never fear. God is always there, waiting to welcome us back and lead us forward.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your many blessings to us. A name is a precious gift. May we take comfort in the knowledge that You will never forget the name You have given us. You call us into communion with You and Your Son, Jesus Christ — the name above all others, and in Whose name we pray. Amen.