God Knows My Name

Advent A, Dec 5, 2013
Read Luke 1:13, 30-31, Matthew 1:20

“Do not be afraid, Zechariah …” (Luke 1:13)

“Do not be afraid, Mary…” (Luke 1:30)

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid…” (Matthew 1:20)

There is nothing more frightening, more awful in the sense of awe-inspiring, than realizing that God is speaking directly to me – and that God is calling me by name! God knows me personally – God knew me even before I was old enough to have self-awareness. God knew me in my mother’s womb. Such knowledge, such understanding, is beyond my comprehension. I stand naked before God. Nothing about me is hidden from God.

Still– in spite of my unworthiness – still God says, “Do not be afraid!  I have good news for you! You belong to me! I have a purpose for you– a job that only you can do for me!”

Meditation:  Think about God’s love. Think about God’s knowledge of you. Realize that God loves you anyway!  Commit yourself to God – totally, in all honesty, holding nothing back.  Ask God for grace to commit yourself more completely.


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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