Minister’s Blog

21 December 2018

According to the National Records of Scotland, Olivia and Jack were the most popular names for a girl and a boy born this year. Apparently, Jack has been in the top spot for eleven years and Olivia has been the most popular girl’s name for the past three years.

Interestingly, none of the names which we chose for our children appeared in the top ten girls’ or boys’ names. Over a period of thirty years or so fashions change. Anna and Sarah were popular in the eighties as was David.

Naming a child is one of parenthood’s greatest privileges. In the name, we confirm the child’s existence and characterize her identity. So long as there is someone to call us by name, we will never be just a number or a statistic.

But even if people forget our names, God will never forget them because he has written our name on the palm of his hand and knows who we are since before we were born. As the psalmist says:

‘When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother’s womb,

when I was growing there in secret,

You knew that I was there – you saw me before I was born.’