Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on September 12, 2014.
Prayer: Your name is holiest above all names, Lord, however we call you by name. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 114 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When I read this passage, I was struck by the fact that there are a lot of names in it. Which made me think, "What does my name mean?" I have seen various interpretations over the years so I went to the place where I get a lot of information: the internet. I found a great site called "Behind the Name." You can find it at www.behindthename.com. There, I learned this about my name:
From the Old English name Ceadda which is of unknown meaning, possibly based on Welsh cad "battle". This was the name of a 7th-century English saint. Borne primarily by Catholics, it was a rare name until the 1960s when it started to become more common amongst the general population. This is also the name of a country in Africa, though it originates from a different source.
I had heard that my name meant "defender" so this explanation made sense to me. It's interesting to learn about the meanings of our names. As I hear the Psalm read this Sunday, I'll be thinking about all the names that we give to God. What names come to your mind? --Chad Hershberger
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