Second Sunday in Lent: What is Your Name?

Second Sunday in Lent: What is Your Name?
By Favor, 14, United Methodist Church, Monrovia, Liberia. Submitted by Global Missionary Helen Roberts-Evans. From the 2021 Prayer Calendar.

Genesis 17:1-7, 15, 16

"When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, 'I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.' Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 'As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.'

God said to Abraham, 'As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.'"
—Genesis 17:1-7, 15, 16

I was once told that a person’s name is the sweetest word for that person; maybe for most, but not for all. A couple of namings that I remember are Simon became Peter, Saul became Paul.

The Lord gave Abram the new name Abraham (ancestor of multiple nations) and Sarai to Sarah (mother of nations). That was the intended meaning of their names and both lived it. Both are known names that we mention with respect.

In this pandemic, over 500,000 people died and the number is still increasing. They all have names that are recorded. Also, each of the healthcare workers have a name but many are not acknowledged. We are now at the dark of this epidemic, but we need to remember after the dark comes the dawn. Just as after the Cross there is Resurrection. There is One who knows all. Who assures us that our name is not missed by somebody higher than any one of us.

What is your name? I am a Christian, a follower of Christ. I am a United Methodist Women member with a purpose and I pray to God. My name shows Jesus Christ in the life I live.


Ligaya Marasigan is spiritual growth coordinator for the Northern Illinois Conference.

Posted or updated: 2/25/2021 12:00:00 AM