The name above all names

This will likely be the last post for 2015 so I thought it should be particularly poignant.

Setting: present-day America in the Bible-belt south.

Scene: A father is sharing some quality time with his three girls (4, 5, & 9yrs) a couple of days before Christmas. Sitting on the couch with his youngest daughter, the two are rehearsing the Christmas story.

4yr old: When I have a baby I’m going to name them “Stable.”
Dad: Would you name the baby “Stable” if they were a boy or a girl?
4yr old: If it’s a boy I’d name him “Stable”; if it’s a girl I’d name her “Manger.”
5yr old (standing nearby): You should name her “Jesus.”
4yr old (with a wrinkled face): That’s a horrible name.

Press on, parents. Merry Christmas!

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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

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