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A good day

"'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows but he who receives it.'"

—Jesus (Revelation 2:17)

It didn't start off as planned: went to open the church at 07:30 only to discover that the building keys weren't where they'd been left. Quick recon revealed that, through a comedy of errors, they'd travelled all the way to Renton, and had to be driven back in. The end result was opening the building a full hour later than normal, which meant a nearly impossible scramble for sound system set up. Even so, they pulled it off, and both services came off with the appearance of smoothness despite my planning and staffing gaps. If you can't get miracles in church, where can you?

This morning's message was on Revelation 2:17, which contains one of God's most precious promises to me: He knows my name, and He will reveal it to me. All my life I've struggled with my name. My first name, my middle name, Banzai, something else...which is me? But at the end, Jesus will give me my name, my true name, the one He has called me all along, the one that makes my whole life not only make sense, but reveals His glory in it. On that stone is written my truest self and my deepest hope.

After services and lock-up was brunch with Blanche, Jennifer, and Jennifer's friend Matt, a recent Denver Seminary grad who is interested in our church. It was a great time to meet him and answer questions, as well as a chance to get to know Blanche and Jennifer better. There was something in the time that felt so normal— in a season when I've been feeling anything but, it was a comfort to me.

Normal is also a double-edged sword, and I don't know what to do with it.

That brought me to early evening, a bit of quality online time, and then some more time out for coffee and dinner. Usually I would feel wiped out on a day like this, especially without a Sunday nap, but it has been a good day. A good day indeed.


Speaking of names, I always thought my given name Melissa sounded a little too ditzy for me. It means "Honeybee" in Greek, and I was always like, honeybee? what kind of significance does that have? Well, a little over a year ago, I felt like God spoke to me about it, in essence saying that he had me named Melissa because just as he created honeybees for his own delight and pleasure, so he created me. Hehe. Even now that's a little embarrassing to say, but even more so, it's incredibly humbling. But like you, I do look forward to my new name to be revealed. Maybe it'll mean yellow-jacket or wasp or something. ;)

While I'm at it, here's an entry of mine you might find interesting: Wild At Heart.
Realizing God's delight in us is the most precious, humbling, staggering, beautiful truth of the gospel, I think. I'm so glad you told me about that.

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There's another part of Revelation that speaks to "the one who overcomes" in 21:7 and next to this I have written (from some long ago sermon that pointed it out to me) 1John 5:4-5, which says;
...for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

It doesn't relate to the name thing, but it has personal meaning for me because I've always struggled with the HOW of surviving this life... and here I see that I have already overcome the world. That's very encouraging.
I think it also goes along with what my name is- Peggy means Pearl. A pearl comes from a clam struggling it's whole life and producing one precious jewel. I find that encouraging because it sort of validates the meaning of seemingly random struggles in life. Does that make sense?

Anyway... just thought I'd share :)

- hey, and I just realized that your verse that talks about overcomers is 2:17 and mine is 21:7... 217. oooohhh.. eeeerrriie!

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That makes perfect sense, and is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with me.

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Thanks. And you're welcome.