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Topic: STORM (10/05/17)
TITLE: What's in a name?
By Steven Turner
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It is said that if you name your sheep you identify it as part of the family, and you wont be able to kill it when you need the meat. The Met Office began naming storms for a similar reason: to help people identify with them, to recognise them when they make landfall and hopefully take precautions before the storm reaches them.
Aside from meteorological events, we face other storms in our lives: sickness, financial loss, bereavement. Many people in our world have lost their homes through war or persecution. The Jews would have identified with these storms as they lamented the destruction of their beloved Jerusalem.
But God has taken steps to identify with his people. Through Isaiah God declares: Can a woman forget her nursing child? Can she have no pity on the son to whom she gave birth? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. See, I have marked your names on My hands. Your walls are always before Me. (Isaiah 49:15-16 NLV)
So whether you are naming a storm of life, or simply recalling the latest hurricane, be confident that no matter how rough things get, God will not lose track of your name.
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