Scripture: Ruth 1:20
Naomi said to them, “Call me no longer Naomi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me.”
Thought for the Day: In today’s world, it is a pretty difficult process to legally change your name, but many people do it. Other people have a funny or silly happening that becomes a nickname that sticks. Still others allow a life circumstance to rename them in a way that might not have legal standing, but clearly reflects their emotional state. Naomi changed her name to Mara, the Hebrew word for bitter. This name defined her for years to come. When bitterness, anger or sorrow attempt to rename you, claim for yourself a different name that is full of joy and possibility. It may not represent what you feel in the moment, but it speaks to your hope in what is possible with God. There is a future beyond what we can see in the present moment, especially with that moment is consumed with a painful or unhealthy emotion.
Prayer: Holy God, claim me by your grace and name me through your love. Amen.