Today’s Truth

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1

Friend to Friend

“Daddy,” I whispered. “Don’t you know who I am?”

There have been several people in my life who never seem to remember my name. Some of my more popular aliases are Sarah James, Susan James, Shannon James, and Jane Jaynes. Then there are the people who just can’t remember me altogether and don’t even try to fish a name from their memory pool. To tell you the truth, it has never really bothered me. After all, I’m not very good with names either.

But names are very important to God. In the Bible, a person’s name often revealed a unique quality of their character. “Moses” meant “drawn out of water.” “Ruth” meant “woman friend.” “Naomi” meant “pleasant,” and she later changed her name to “Mara,” which meant “bitter.” Her two sons’ names, “Mahlon” and “Kilion,” meant “puny” and “piney.” Needless to say, these two fellows weren’t exactly strapping young broncos, and they died at an early age. If a person had an encounter with the living God, many times He changed their name. “Abram” was changed to “Abraham;” “Sarai” was changed to “Sarah;” and “Saul” was changed to “Paul.”

Yes, names are very important. That’s why when someone very dear to me forgot mine, it broke my heart.

A few years after I was married, I noticed my dad becoming very forgetful. At first it was small things: forgetting an order at work, misplacing his shoes or keys, not remembering what day it was, drawing a blank on a close friend’s name. Then it progressed to more serious absentminded behavior: forgetting where he parked in a parking deck; coming home to take my mom to the market, forgetting he had taken her already an hour before; and becoming confused when taking measurements for cabinets, a task he had been doing for some 30 years. Then one day our greatest fears were confirmed—Dad had Alzheimer’s disease. He was 56 years old.

My dad had been a tough cookie as a young man. He ran a building supply business and was well-respected in the business community of our small town. From age 56 to 66, I watched a strapping, quick-witted entrepreneur reduced to a man who could not remember how to speak, button his shirt, or move a spoon from his plate to his mouth. But my most heart-wrenching day was the day he forgot my name.

I still remember holding his face in my hands and saying, “Daddy, it’s me. Do you know who I am?” But I was only met by a childish grin and eyes that seemed to look straight through me.

In Isaiah 49:1, the prophet announces, “Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.”

God knows your name, and the Bible promises He will never forget it. And if we listen closely, perhaps in the vibrant hues of a sunset, the gentle breeze off the ocean, or the soft patter of falling snow, we’ll hear Him gently calling.

Today, listen for God speaking your name through nature, through His Word, or even through the love of a friend.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for calling me by name and inscribing it on the palm of Your hand. I know You will never forget me or forget about me, and that I’ll always be on Your mind.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Read Isaiah 43:1-19 and Isaiah 49:14-16. Note what you learn about what God thinks about you!

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4 Responses to “God Knows Your Name”

  1. Beth says:

    Thank you Sharon for this timely word. My mom is struggling like your daddy. You put into words my heart and gave me such a sweet encouragement. Not only will the Lord not forget me but someday my mom will know me again! In faith I receive the word that the Lord has spoken through you. Many blessings!

  2. Pam says:

    This calls to mind an observation of my stepdad before he passed. When he began to forget so many things, including my mom’s name…he would always remember my name and my son’s name, even though I was his stepdaughter later in life. He treated me like I had always been his – – and the same with my son. You would have thought he was his very own. And of course God knows our name and will never forget it or put us on the backburner. That is such an encouragement. Thank you for this timely message!

  3. Nancy says:

    My Mom suffered from Alzheimer’s and this article spoke to my heart because I vividly remember the blank stare. It was very difficult after she passed away 3 years ago to hear (well meaning) people say, “she’s in a better place”, “she is no longer confused”. Because what I thought was why did God take a Godly Christian woman and give her this horrible disease. But after she died, many stories were told about her influence on people. The one that means the most is an aide in the nursing home heard my Mom praying a few days before she got pneumonia (which is what eventually caused her death). Her voice and words were clear,(for a year or so her speech was garbled). The aide heard my Mom say “Jesus I am tired I want to be with you, take me home”. Don’t be angry but find peace in your loved ones memory.

  4. Happy Hallee says:

    I thought I was beginning to inherit what many of the female members of my Family had, Alzheimers and I’m only 40! What a Glorious age! Jesus looks at me and thinks you definitely have some more partying to do on this Earth, before I take you home, Spring Chicken!!!!! chuckling like crazy

    The glory be yours, My Lord and Big Brother Jesus!!!!!! You are the quicker picker upper!


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