By Nancy Hopper
(a true story)
MY SON HAD CELEBRATED HIS 3RD BIRTHDAY, AND IT WAS TIME FOR HIS BED TIME STORY.
I DECIDED TO TELL HIM HOW SPECIAL HE WAS AND WHERE AND WHY WE CHOSE HIS NAME.
"AARON, WE PRAYED AND PRAYED ABOUT WHAT TO NAME YOU, AND LOOKED IN THE BIBLE.
WE FOUND THE NAME AARON. THAT WAS THE GREATESTS NAME FOR YOU.
"WE CHOSE AARON, WHICH MEANS, LEADER, TEACHER AND SPOKESPERSON FOR ALL PEOPLE."
AND AARON LOOKED UP AT ME BEFORE CLOSING HIS EYES TO SLEEP AND SAID,
"WELL IF YOU WANTED THE GREATEST NAME, WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST NAME ME JESUS?!"
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.