It is time to name names. I have been hesitant to do so until now because some people might not want to be named. But sometimes, names must be named… and now is one of those times.
It is Christmas time and it is appropriate during this season to reflect upon and give thanks for the people in our lives who make a difference. They deserve to have their names named.
Lists of names are popular in the Bible. We often skim through them or skip over them when reading, but they are there for a reason — someone thought that it was important to name names. One of the most famous lists is the genealogy of Jesus. It is fascinating to study — much scandal buried in those names. And much grace. Think, for example, about Rahab… the prostitute… lots of stories, lots of scandals, lots of grace.
Over the past 7 months there have been many who have walked with me, been for me, and helped me navigate through everything. I will be forever thankful for you all… more than you will ever know! As Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
Here are some of the names, in no particular order, that I give thanks for… (and in advance, apologies for those I missed):
Sarah, J.R., Di, Bart, Paul, Steve, Chris, Tom, Beth, Bob, Nancy, Joe, Eric, Allison, Brian, Bob, Bryan, Rich, Eric, Vince, Nate, Jeff, Kit, Josh, Evan, and of course, my family.
There are other people I am missing… the list could go on… and know I am thankful for you all.
And there is another list of names too… a less positive list… but those names need not be named for simply put, they are forgiven.