And He Named Them Great And Small

To name is to give power. God had Adam name the animals — It is important to have a name — a definition — a reputation. A name gives one a place in the order of things for good or ill.

When I was a teenager my father said to me, “We have a good name in this community, we keep our word, we tell the truth, we pay our bills. To be a Sewell in this community means that you have integrity. It is a good name and I expect that you will leave it in as good a condition as you found it.” I never forgot that.

We have power in our naming of each other and ourselves and we must be aware of what we convey when we name for everything has a name even those things we think too insignificant to be named.  JWS

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