Today, I was reminded of a boy I used to teach several years ago. An announcement was made and I heard the name DONOVAN. Immediately  his face spring up in my mind.  I remembered him as a little boy and also as a pre-teen since he was my student TWICE for different grades.

I had a meeting after work at the District’s High School. As I walked in, I was taken by the growing number of alumni turned military as more wall space has been utilized to hang pictures of these young men and women. I am drawn to the wall. I gaze upon the faces and whose face do I behold immediately? You guessed it: DONOVAN. Coincidence? I don’t believe in those.

Has anything like this ever happened to you? I bet the answer is YES. Just a coincidence? NO WAY.

When God places a person on our hearts, we pray. We simply have a conversation with God about it. Lord, why is he on my heart? Is he okay? How can I join You in prayer for Him? Does he know You?

Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

I remember him to be such a sweet and kind young child. As he got older, he was a bit of a follower….not as sweet or joy-filled. In the military, well, who knows what he has been assigned to. Lord, is he safe? Is he in trouble?

Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34

If you would like to join in prayer for DONOVAN, please do.

Father, in the name of Jesus, I bless DONOVAN. I ask that You would reveal Yourself in a mighty way to DONOVAN. I pray that You would protect Him and give Your angels charge over him. I pray that Your joy would fill him up to overflowing. I pray that You would heal Him in every way. I pray most of all that He would know just how much You love him and he would receive that love deeply into the very depths of his heart. I ask You Lord that if You have a more specific prayer for DONOVAN, You would place it in our hearts that we may loose it into the atmosphere. Touch Him mightily Lord. He needs You! Let Your Kingdom come in DONOVAN’s life. May DONOVAN experience all that You have for Him. May he realize that You know His name! Thank You Jesus. Name above all names!


Day 7: It’s Greek!

The name Sandy is derived from the Greek name Alexander.  It means: protector or defender of men. In Greek, American, English and Scottish, Sandy is, a baby name.

The name Sandy is now attached to two very distinct tragedies which have recently taken place here in the Northeastern part of the United States.

Both deadly.

One, a terribly destructive hurricane, which took lives, and possessions, and power.  The second, a mass murder of mostly children.

One came with a warning. A warning that could NOT precisely predict or prepare people for the type of devastation Long Island would accrue.  The other, seemingly no warning. Perhaps the only warning were the gunshots in the hall. There is no way to prepare. Protection is the only option.  Many little lives were lost.  Little Loves. 

The most precious commodity on earth. Human life. LOST.

Lost to Sandy. Lost to Sandy Hook. Sandy, the protector/defender of men? A baby name? I think not.

There is a name, however, that is above not only Sandy and all ‘she’ represents now, but above every name. This NAME has many meanings. More than I will probably list here. That name is Jesus.

JESUS: Name above all names. Son of God. Son of Man. Prince of Peace. Comforter. Friend. Ever present help in time of need. Defender of the weak. Father to the fatherless…..the ONLY NAME by which men CAN be saved. Mighty God. Holy ONE. Pure and spotless Lamb. Lamb that was slain. King of Kings. LORD of LORDS.

Can you think of any more? I imagine you can.

May HIS GREAT NAME be exalted in my heart and yours.  May His name be kept above every other name in my heart and yours and in the hearts of all those who have experienced a Sandy. May the attributes of His NAME be written on my heart and yours.

JESUS. Protector and Defender of men. A BABY name. 

Our help is in the NAME of the LORD. Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8