Do you have a nickname?
Annika and I just finished reading Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Little Jeffrey is nicknamed Maniac because, well, he is pretty manic about a lot of things. At the end of the book we discussed what significance his nickname had to him, to the other characters, and to the book as a whole. I have a lot of nicknames for Miss Annika: koala, tree frog, monkey, Miss A, Annika bonika, and more. They all have something to do with her personality, they are all special to her, they all endear her to me. Even though she scowls at me, I know that she likes them. They are something special between the two of us.
I love that Jesus has many names. That we can call on him using a moniker that defines the moment and the need. That can define our relationship with him.
In Talledega Nights Will Ferrell has a silly scene where he talks about praying to the baby Jesus, the teenage Jesus, the bearded Jesus. It is silly. But actually I like the point it brings up.
Jesus is who He is to each of us. He just wants to have a relationship with you. He will answer no matter how you call. When we believe, He will bless us with grace and love that knows no bounds. He is God. He hears us, he listens, he knows. He will call you HIS.
I like that.
Emmanuel is my favorite by the way. 🙂 And I prefer the teacher Jesus.