Today’s Daily Lesson comes from Revelation chapter 2 verse 17:
17Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.
One of my now-gone mentors in the pastorate had a funeral sermon tradition of giving a new name to each departed person he buried. This was his way of telling of the significance of the departed’s life to him, to the family, and to this world.
In the age that is to come we shall be given a new name. We shall be given a white stone with a new name. No one else knows the name or its meaning save the one who receives it and the one who gives it — out Lord. The name will be just between us, our significance to him, a name that conveys the meaning of the story we shared together.
Here’s a few names that might be given: