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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Name that Brings Me Comfort


Philippians 2:10-11, "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."


The mention of Jesus' name is so comforting to me. I have experienced great joy and tremendous sorrow over the years. Jesus promised we would have abundant life. He did not say, "abundant happy life...but abundant life." It is in that abundant life that the name of Jesus is discovered in full power and strength. Why? Because Jesus is the unifying force the holds the universe together. His name is also the source for strength in the abundance. I recall a reading written by Gloria Gaither...
Jesus....
The mere mention of His name can calm the storm, heal the broken, raise the dead.
At the name of Jesus, I've seen sin hardened men melted, derelicts transformed.
The lights of hope put in the eyes of a hopeless child.
At the name of Jesus, hatred and bitterness turn to love and forgiveness, arguments cease.
I've heard a mother softly breathe His name at the bedside of a child delirious from fever,
and watched... as that little body grew quiet, and fevered brow cooled.
I've sat the side of a dying saint. Her body wracked with pain, who in those final fleeting seconds summoned her last ounce of ebbing strength, just to whisper Earth's sweetest name.
Jesus...Jesus....
Emperors have tried to destroy it.
Philosophies have tried to stamp it out.
Tyrannts have tried to wash it from the face of the Earth with the very blood of those who claimed it. Yet it still stands.
And there shall be that final day when every voice that has ever uttered a sound, every voice of Adam's race, shall raise in one mighty chorus to proclaim the name of Jesus.
For in that day, every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is truly Lord.
You see, it was not by mere chance that caused the angel one night, long ago to say to a virgin maiden: His name, His name shall be called Jesus....Jesus....Jesus.....
Ya know, there is something, something about that name........ (~Gloria Gaither)

It is so true. Just the mention of Jesus brings comfort to those who know Him. It is so true because He is so wonderful to me and He is a servant always willing to serve the needs of others.

"Almighty God, you are truly an awesome God. You bring joy and strength in the hard days. Help me to speak your name with reverence and with comfort to others. Thank you for bringing the name to me. It is in His name that I ask you make these things possible, Amen."

Jesus loves you and so do I, Don

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