A New Name

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

In 2020, my husband retired from ministry and we left our home congregation until this year to give them time to adjust to life without him in that role. When we returned, we were presented with new name tags. Our new pastor asked Mike what name he wanted on his and he said, “Just Mike.” Having an amazing relationship and sense of humor, our pastor created a nametag with that very title on it. Funny thing, mine is missing the “l.” We wear them with pride.

It reminds me that I have been made into a new creation. Just as my name and role has changed at Grace, my name and place in this world has changed as I was made into a new creation when I was baptized into Christ and saved from death through Christ’s saving action.

LWML has many devotions and Bible studies to remind us of this blessing as well.

Cheryl Mattil




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