Speer Road Church
(United Reformed Church)
The Last Word
As I write this the news is about the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and the wind from storm Aileen is gusting around our house. Apparently names are given to strong weather systems because it is felt that it is easier for people to keep track of them, particularly on social media, and take them seriously. They alternate the name between boys and girls names, though according to the BBC web site in the States it has been noted that storms with female names are more likely to hurt people than those with male names. Scientists suggest the reason for this is because people find female names less threatening and may not take the proper precautions. It is interesting that the forecast industry uses ordinary names to describe something that is so destructive, but then that is true of life it is people with ordinary names that can cause destruction and turmoil in the world. Giving something a name seems to be a great help to us. A number of people have said to me how much easier it is to have an illness named, not knowing what is wrong causes much more anxiety.
Naming something helps us deal with it, and is why it is important to name things that damage society like Racism, sexism, language that demeans others and so on. While at times the media try to make this out to be trivial, it is very important that we name those things that are unjust and destructive in our society.
The Christian knows that names are important because of the importance of the name of Jesus. The name that Paul tells us is above all names. When I hear the name of Jesus a picture of God and his activity in the world comes to mind. I encourage you to reflect on what the name of Jesus means to you, to use his name to inspire your worship, inform your decisions and help you face the storms of life. As we read in Philippians 2:10 “ in honour of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees.”