This week in Confirmation, we continued our look at the Lord's Prayer. In particular we looked at the first petition "Hallowed be your name'.
Hallowed is not a word we use very frequently. At first none of the youth in confirmation could tell us what this word meant. Holy. Sacred. Sanctified. Set Apart. God is truly mighty and holy. As our Father and Creator, he truly deserves that we revere his name.
For the Israelites, God was named Yahweh which roughly translates to 'I am' which is what God told Moses to call him. The Israelites so revered God's name they would not speak it or write it for fear of using it incorrectly. To this day, some Orthodox Jews will use G_d when they have to write out God. Yet, in our modern world, using the Lord's name has become casual, something we do not think about. Teens and adults use God's and Jesus' name when they swear. It has gotten so common that we now shorten it down to OMG. We have taken the name above all names and turned it into phrases we use when we cannot come up with something intelligent to say.
We watched a couple videos this week which really helped focus us on how awesome and wonderful God's name is. First we watched 'What do I know of holy?' by Addison Road. This song always moves me to be thinking about my own faith journey. As it says in the song, I once thought I had it all figured out.