Thursday May 23 2019


Scripture: Luke 8:26-39

Key verse: (30) “What is your name?”

Reflection: What is your name? I was named for both of my grandfathers — Joseph Michael Clifford and John Henry Troeger. My family and lifelong friends call me “Joe John.” Since graduating from college I went to Joe. I had an uncle who called me “JJ.” I didn’t like it when anyone else called me that, but I loved hearing him say it. “Joey” was right out for me.

What is your name? That’s the question Jesus asks the man possessed by demons. He replies, “Legion.” He’s forgotten his name. He’s come to believe his name is his demon. How often does that happen with the demons of the modern world? “Alcoholic,” “Addict,” “Depressed;” these can become our names.

Jesus reminds us these are not our names. We are not our demons. Our healing begins when we can name those demons that possess us, but we must never become those demons.

What is your name? First and foremost, you are “Child of God.” Never forget that is the deepest truth about you!

Prayer: In the midst of the madness of this day, O God, remind me who I am — your child, holy and beloved. Amen.

Author: Joe Clifford

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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