The reading for today is Exodus 3:15.
“God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob-has sent me to you.' "This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.”
What's in a name? For a lot of us, our name tells the story of where we come from. For my family, our name tells the story of my great-grandma’s journey from Italy to America through Ellis Island. Our name is our link to our ancestors and reminds us that we are part of a family. But there is one name far above any other name. One name that has been heard around the world, passed down from generation to generation, and that is so powerful it joins us all into one family…that name is Yahweh. THE LORD.
God revealed his divine name to Moses in rather dramatic fashion. Moses, a fugitive, was tending sheep in Sinai. One day, he sees a bush burning that does not consume itself. He goes to check it out only to hear a voice asking him to remove his sandals, for the ground he is standing on is holy ground. From that bush Moses hears the word of God and revelation of his holy name.
What’s in a name? When that name is Yahweh, everything is in that name: life, reality, and relationship to the living God. Hence, to know the name of God is to know God as he has revealed himself.
For our prayer I would like to share lyrics from Pat Barrett’s song “Build my life”
Worthy of every song we could ever sing Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe We live for You Oh, we live for You
Holy, there is no one like You, there is none beside You Open up my eyes in wonder and Show me who You are and fill me with Your heart And lead me in Your love to those around me
And I will build my life upon Your love, it is a firm foundation And I will put my trust in You alone and I will not be shaken And I will build my life upon Your love, it is a firm foundation And I will put my trust in You alone and I will not be shaken
Karen DeMauro Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For those who feel like they don’t belong.