But now thus says the Lord,
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine."
Isaiah 43:1 (ESV)
"I have called you by name." This is a statement that our Heavenly Father made to Israel through the prophet Isaiah, but it expresses well an aspect of our adoption into His family by grace. He knows and loves us personally and deeply despite our brokenness. He knows our name, in fact, He has given us His name through adoption. We are His.
A component of that is learning, remembering and speaking to a person by name. It makes a difference, we try to be diligent about getting names and faces connected, remembered and recognized. I was struck by the importance of knowing a person's name by a blog post in "Church Volunteer Daily" that I reproduce here in full: