June 5, 2011


“When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter and John, and James, and Andrew, Phillip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.”
Acts 1: 13  NRSV

Someone was taking good minutes. A litany of names elevates the importance of record keeping. Qualified names—“Son of” and “Zealot”—provide additional insight.

Having recently sorted through my parents’ stuff of a lifetime, I ran across many names that, according to family lore, carry qualifiers.

Harry the Horse Thief.  Fred the Failure. Merry Melvin. Irascible Ida. Mirthful Minnie. Unflappable Eunice. Vivacious Violet.

Makes me wonder what names define me. Dutiful Daughter? Ferocious Friend? List Keeper? Compulsive Control Freak?

I reflect on my loving Divine Parent who conceived of me and named me before I was born. What comfort in knowing that I am, among other qualifiers, Cherished Child and Unique Member of the universal family.

Loving Creator, remind us that no matter what qualifiers we earn through our lives, the one that matters is Well Loved Child. Amen

How does my life reflect that I am a beloved, precious child of God?

Written by Robin Kline

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located next to the YWCA on Grand Avenue and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at theconnectioncafe@hotmail.com

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