Name and Voice Recognition!

26 01 2017

Isaiah 43:1 (ESV)  “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

sbts-annual-1972-3 I find that one of my strengths lies in my ability to recall the names of people, whom I know and/or have met on occasion, even in a very chance meeting.  While this is a strength this is also my biggest weakness.  Why, you might ask?  Because, when I meet a person, specially as I am getting older, I don’t have the “instant recall”, that I prided myself in, and so this produces a lot of negative feelings inside of me.

Recently, I met a gentleman whom I had attended a class with at the local YMCA. I remembered many things about him and his wife from the conversations we had had in class and outside, but I could not remember his name!  I even introduced him to my wife (without mentioning his name)!  It was almost two hours afterwards, hundred and twenty minutes of agonizing thinking, that I finally remembered, “Bill”!

This has triggered some thoughts that make me to study some people in the Bible, who I am sure that we will meet in heaven as we walk the streets of gold, and we will definitely recognize them, but will we be unfamiliar with their name?  I know we will not agonize as to who they are … maybe we will all wear name tags in heaven … ya, betcha!

So I am going to study “Facebook Friends on Streets of Gold”, people whom I want to find as much as I can in the days ahead, before I meet them on the streets of gold.  Just like on Facebook, many times it will be a very short profile of a few things that I know about them, and through the years as my friendship with them grows, I want to add to their page!

I would very much enjoy having you join me in my journey, and add your own knowledge of what you know about this friend, because, I hope and trust that they are also your friends, and that you will want to get to know them too!

I would also enjoy getting to know some of your friends, whom you have met in your journey through the Bible, and that you will introduce them to me too!  Some of them might be “no name friends”, but are very important in our story and in God’s Story!

So, I trust that we will enjoy our time in getting to know and enjoying the friends we will spend eternity with on the “Streets of Gold”!

Name Recognition:  (A few of many)

Isaiah 43:1 –  “…Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.  I have called you by name; you are mine.”

Isaiah 45:3-4  And I will …so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name…  Why did I call you by name when you did not know me?

Isaiah 49:1   Listen to me, all you in distant lands!  Pay attention, you who are far away!
The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name.

Voice Recognition:  (A few of many)

John 10:3-5 –  “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

John 10: 27 – “ My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. “


My Full Name is Theodore Samuel Nalin Senapatiratne








3 responses

26 01 2017
robert Wayne hodge

I too know this frustration of difficulty recalling names. But our Lord will never forget our names.
I recall voices almost too well sometimes. Of course I would instantly recognize the voices of my long gone great-grandparents and grandparents. Oh to hear the audible voice of our Lord! But we recognize Him instantly when He speaks to our hearts!
Thank you for this today
It is true blessing to share our daily ‘tent time’ on You Version
God bless you and you family today richly

27 01 2017

Thanks, Wayne!

13 02 2017

Thanks, Wayne!

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