John Doe
by PamFord Davis

Hearing tags of John or Jane Doe nearly result in chills down my back. I ponder how many times in a lifetime a person answers a three-word question: "What's your name?" Even youngsters know the answer. I remember my first day of kindergarten; Mom pinned my name to my sweater before I boarded the big yellow bus taking me to the unknown world of school. As a conscientious mother, she wanted to be positive my bus driver and teacher would know my identity.

God needs to check no name tags or identification papers; he knows my name. "Hear me, people by the sea. Listen to me, you faraway nations. The Lord called me before I was born. He called my name while I was still in my mother's womb (Isaiah 49:1 ERV)." Isaiah was not suffering from an identity crisis. He answered when spoken to by his sovereign God. I can visualize him waving his hand high above his head, gazing into his heavenly Father's eyes and crying out, "Present!"

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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