“I am writing on behalf of Caroline, whom you last met in 1968. She would like to be in touch with you.”
The message was in code, and my hidden, unused birth name was the key. …
My birth mother gave me “a good, English name with no baggage,” as she described it when we met, which I interpreted to mean that no one in the family would object to my taking it away with me. I did not know I had borne that name until I was a teenager. It had never occurred to me to ask. When I did ask, my parents readily shared what little information they had. I was given two names to be going on with: a beginning and a middle, Caroline Anne; no last name.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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The man asked him, “What is your name?”
“Jacob,” he answered.
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
—Genesis 32:27-28 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
God of infinite love, thank you for loving us even before we were born. Help us to realize that your family has room for each of us. Guide us to accept ourselves and others as we seek to grow closer to you. Amen.
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