Gracious Names

The childless man at ninety-nine
Received the name of Abraham;
The farmer threshing clandestine
Was hailed, “O valiant, mighty man!”

The lifeless girl upon her bed
And Lazarus within his grave
Are just asleep–they are not dead–
Before the One who came to save.

O God of creativity,
You name the not as if it were;
Your naming grace created me:
You reckon righteous this sinner.

Text: Based upon Romans 4:5, 17.

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