Can I Come In?

Little five year old boys don’t usually want to play with girls putting on makeup – unless it is boring because there are no other boys around. That changes everything. At least it did for Jude, my grandson. My four granddaughters had locked themselves in the... read more

My Mother’s Christmas Wish

Devotion: When I was a little girl, the number one question I asked all my family before December 25th was “What do you want for Christmas?” I asked my sisters and my brother, my mother and my father. It was a huge question for me because my funds were limited to a small... read more

The Old Red Sweater


“He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.” Revelation 3:5 (NIV)


I have an old red sweater. The tag says “This has been knitted especially for you with love by Patty Hallam.”  It is a comfort to me…it is precious to me…one, because it was made for me by someone who loves me (my sister) and two, because when I am hurting, when I am sad, when I need to hide away from the world for a while, I pull out that sweater and I wrap it around me like the hug from an old friend. I immediately have a sense of not only warmth, but security and peace.
But you know something? Some day, when I am gone, that sweater will be given away, perhaps to Good Will. And someone will look at it and the tag and say “Patty Hallam…who is that? Who cares?” and my sweater will no longer be a source of warmth and security nor will it be considered precious but will be a rag for soaking up oil from an engine or tossed in the trash because it is no longer in style. And why is that? Because no one will know the name of the person who worked so hard to create it out of love for another and they will not recognize its value.
How wonderful it is that our Father not only knows each of our names but considers us precious in His sight. We read in Revelation 3:5 this beautiful promise:  “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”   Can you imagine Jesus speaking our names to His Father? And if that’s not enough to encourage us, we can read further in Isaiah 49:16 (NIV): “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”
How amazing is that! Our names are not penciled in which can be easily erased, not written with permanent ink which fades with time but engraved by Jehovah Himself. And why has He done that? Because He created us. Because He loves us. Because we are precious to Him.
The name on a tag in an old red sweater may not mean anything except to the person who made it or the person wearing it. But the name engraved on the palm of our Father’s hand represents a love that will last for an eternity.


Father, thank you. Thank you for knowing my name. Thank you for loving me so much that you call me your very own child. Give me courage to share that love no matter where I am. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


How important is it to you to develop the habit of remembering the names of people that you meet so that you can pray for them?

Begin each morning by stretching your hands toward our Father and praising Him for His eternal tattoo of your name.


Tattoos are popular in today’s society. When you see a person with one, remember that our Father has an eternal “tattoo” of you on His hand. Lift him or her up and specifically pray that, if they do not know our King, they will seek His face.

When the Lord lays someone’s name on your heart to pray for them, write their initials on the palm of your hand and as you look at your hand throughout the day, pray for that person.


Revelation 3:5 (NIV) “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”

Isaiah 49:16 (NIV): “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”

John 10:3 (NIV) “The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”

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