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The Lord says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” - Isaiah 43:1 (NRSV)

One Sunday the cashier at a local store was smiling at me broadly as she totaled my bill. As she handed me my receipt, she said, “Have a great day, John!” I was puzzled by how she knew my name. Then I realized that I was still wearing my name...

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, you have called us by name to be your people. Help us to proclaim your gift of salvation in Christ to the world. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Isaiah 43:1-7

Thought for the Day

How do I show others that God has called them by name?

Prayer Focus

For Courage to share 
 Christ with others


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