Advent 2016 Day 13


What’s in a name? One of the most stressful aspects of having a baby is choosing a name. Once the gender has been determined, the race is on to find a name that is

  1. Trendy
  2. Memorable
  3. Matching initials with your last name
  4. Easy for the child to spell
  5. Unique

And of course, if you’re a celebrity any fruit or vegetable name should do nicely. I’ve always been kind of fond of Cucumber Melon. (Or is that the name of a hand soap? I can’t remember). The list of baby names for 2017 predicted to be most popular was released a while ago. Kailen, Timael, and Finn made the top list of boy’s names. Zoe, Helene, and Celline made the top list for girls names.

Choosing a name was not a problem for Mary and Joseph. The name for their baby was already assigned by an angel before the child was born. While the name “Jesus” was not uncommon, it was significant. It simply meant “God saves.”

And there is no other name given among men by which we must be saved!

FOR MEDITATION: She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.   Matthew 1:21

FOR REFLECTION: Has the name of Jesus come to mean more to you than just another name? “There is no other name given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12b)


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