Namesake

Each Friday I email a prayer prompt to encourage a pause for thoughtfulness and creativity in our prayer lives. (Sign up here to receive my Friday emails.)¬†Yesterday’s prompt was based on Isaiah 43:1b, “I have called you by name, you are mine.” What is your name, how was it given to you, and how does it continue to shape you? Write a prayer as you reflect on your name.

She is a lamb,
adored and stubborn,
adored for her stubbornness.
She is the beloved and
the lamented:
Rachel.

The shepherdess
who was worth the wait,
she herself did not care to wait
for life’s favor but wrestled
to bear children and
stole the gods.

O Knower of all names,
bless this headstrong Rachel.
Even in my impatience, let me wait
always on you. Bend your ear &
keep my own life faithful
to Rachel’s lament.

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