Yesterday we heard the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth at the birth and naming of their son. Elizabeth knew his name was to be John, even though the name John was nowhere in their family line. Earlier an angel had told Zechariah this, so in front of their friends he confirmed what his wife had spoken.  His name is John, and it was obvious now the Lord’s hand was with him.

What is it that God wants to name you, different from your given name or the names you’ve been handed by others through your life? Maybe it’s Warrior, or Comforter, or Artist, or Prophet; there’s a part of you that God wants to reveal, affirm, and help you live into.  Close your eyes, take a breath, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s name for you. As you listen, take a few minutes to reflect on what this name means for you.