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Normally, genealogy in the Bible gets a once-over skim from me.  Lots of names I can’t pronounce, the son of the son of the son of… all these people.

But today, as I read in Luke, I am struck by the fact that Jesus is listed as both the son of God and the son of Joseph.  And his lineage, from God to Joseph, is more than fifty generations and names and families.

Today I am reminded: God could have done all of this – the saving of the world – without any of us.

God, your Son was and is yours.  You needed nothing from us.
And yet, there is a geneaology of Jesus that stretches over fifty generations, countless names, simply to get him here.  Simply to bring his birth.

And now, for centuries and generations, you enlist and entrust us with the mighty calling of carrying the Name of Your Son.

May we be worthy.  And though we are not worthy, may we be found faithful.
* * *

I will carry Your Name,

carry Your Name,

Jesus, Your Name forever.

For all of my days,

in all of my ways,

Jesus, Your Name forever.

~ k. jobe

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. What an incredible revelation you share with us today Tricia. I have never thought about this. God doesn’t need us but He wants us and He has chosen to give us a HUGE job – as you say, to carry the Name of His Son. Mighty stuff! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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