“I have called you by name, you are mine.”

1…“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord, your God…”

For William’s christening Charlie and Jan Lyle brought him the most gorgeous embroidered pillow with his name, his birth and christening date and the scripture verse “I have called you by name, you are mine.” I just adored this scripture for a pillow for almost any occasion-for any age person. When I read verse 2 and 3 I realized, once again, that God is indeed with us when we are in deep waters and might drown. I have not actually been in any deep waters, literally, lately but I certainly have been in deep waters emotionally with different situations in my life. I feel certain everyone reading this devotional has “deep waters” in your life right now. I need to realize more completely that I will not drown or burn if I let God take me through the rivers and the fires in my life.

I shudder to think how I would get through difficult times-which seem to come most every day for most of us I think-without God to help me. I pray for God’s protection for our men and women in uniform fighting this horrid war. I pray for God to direct leaders to know what to do and when. I pray for God to stop terrorism and senseless killing all over the world. As our pastor, Dr. Jimmy Jackson says frequently, “Our troubles make us stronger.” Recently I read a very good article about raising children that said we should be more concerned about their character and manners than about their attending sports events, lessons of every kind and being accomplished in things of the world. God and character gets us and our children through life’s difficulties. I pray that all of my children and grandchildren know completely that it is God who will get them through their difficult times-the deep waters and the fire. I call on that knowledge, daily, that my parents instilled in me as a child.

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