The United Reformed Church Chesham
June/July 2011 Newsletter
At this time of year everything in nature is growing and our countryside is full of shades of green and the bright colours of poppies and other flowers. All seems alive and vibrant. Many people also feel more alive in the warmer weather and ready for holidays and new challenges. God is a God who challenges and asks people to ‘come to life’ in a new way.
In Genesis God speaks to Abraham and tells him of the amazing future he has in store for him and Sarah. To make this change more evident God changes both their names.
Later in the New Testament we read that Jesus chooses new names for some of the disciples.
A new beginning with a new name. I know people who have changed their names to one that they felt suited them better and have been happier for doing so. Often we have special names for people we are close to.
In Revelations we are told as churches to listen to the Spirit and we will know the new name God would give us – the name that gives us a special relationship with God and draws us close to him.
As we are warmed by the summer sun, let’s allow ourselves to be warmed by God and to come alive and listen as he calls us by a new name to new challenges.