An Encouraging Word from Marvin
What’s in a name? It may all depend on where you are and what circumstances you find yourself in.
Last summer I was navigating, without success, the Edinburgh, Scotland airport. I was looking for the American Airlines check-in site. I was overwhelmed by the number of British Airways check-in sites. There were also other airline check-in locations but for the life of me I could not find American. Fortunately I found a helpful Edinburgh Airport representative. He asked to see my flight plan. There he saw my name. “Cameron! You are a Scot!” Never have I been happier to have some Scottish ancestry. He took me under his wing. He went on to tell me that American only has a few flights a day out of Edinburgh, so there is not a dedicated check-in site. He helped me with my bags and escorted me to the place where American would soon open their temporary check-in site. I had gone from being completely lost to being at the front of the line for the flight to New York. And it was all because of my last name!
This Sunday we will look closely at what happens when we get a “new name.” If you could give yourself a new name, what would it be? Would it be something that would be more or less distinctive? Would any change you made in your name reflect your faith life? Let’s thank about what a new name might mean for us and for what it meant for Simon, who Jesus called Peter.
I look forward to walking with you through Lent with Simon, the “Rock,” as we go from Galilee to Jerusalem and beyond. See you Sunday,