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March 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm #1993Madame SidlerKeymaster
When Nia drops the kids off at school and tells them, “Remember who you are,” what do you think she means? Kalmar needs to remember his name in order to keep his teeth out of his fellow students, but she is saying this to all of them. What is she hoping they will receive from this?
A thought that I have: School is going to be a battle. They are going to face difficulties and discouragement and bullies, and she knows it. She can’t fight the bullies for them, but she can fight the discouragement. She can’t fix things for them, and she can’t always be there. Sometimes a mom has to step back and let her kids struggle. But she can remind them who they are, and that she loves them, so that they have something to hang onto when the discouragement and bullies hit.
Life is rough sometimes. It’s easy to forget who we are. We need each other’s help to remember.
Can I propose a challenge?
While you go about your day, look for people. Try to really see them. Ask the Maker to help you see them—something good in their hearts, or in their way with people, or in their talents, or something He loves about them. And then tell them what you see. Maybe they need to hear it right in that moment. Or maybe in that moment they’re fine, but they’ll remember your encouragement later when discouragement hits.
Warning: This can be scary to do. But we all need encouragement. We can fight for each other. And it does get easier with practice.
I would love to hear your thoughts, too, about what Nia’s words do for the Jewels, or what her words mean to you.
March 26, 2015 at 6:13 pm #2113MarieGuest
We need to remember that we are loved most of all, and that we are children of the King. When we forget, other people can name us and make us feel worthless. Also when life gets hard we need to remember we can fall into His arms.
June 17, 2018 at 4:21 am #30234JoGuest
I was really struck by this theme in the series. The power of a name and the importance of remembering who, and whose you are. The utter despair of being nameless, and the tragedy that wreaked, of feeling devoid of worth because you were not named. And the terror of being renamed by the enemy, and thus rebranded almost as now property of the one who named, like Adam naming creation in the beginning and being given dominion over them, but done here by the enemy. The joy then at the close of once again being named, this time restoratively as a rebirth of who they once were (cloven). I found it staggering.
As Marie says, the Jewels and we are children of the King. He made them/us, and because we are His we are loved and have value and power. By being “in Him” we can wield the sword of salvation and be the feet that bring the gospel message.
When Janner remembers who he is he brings light to the tools in the factory, even long after he has gone. Kalmar must remember who and whose he is in order to not be lost into the subversion of himself, the unnaming and unmaking that threatens.
Remembering to whom you belong gives hope where it is so easily lost. And the knowledge that the Maker has you in His hands gives joy and peace when there seems none to be found.
June 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm #30572Madame SidlerKeymaster
Thank you, Jo.
This thing you said really struck me: “And the terror of being renamed by the enemy, and thus rebranded almost as now property of the one who named, like Adam naming creation in the beginning and being given dominion over them, but done here by the enemy.” Yes, terrifying! Thank the Maker that He gives us good names. Thank the Maker that we can help each other remember who we are.
June 27, 2018 at 9:25 pm #30667John rocksGuest
I kind of would like to change my name I am pretty upset John is pretty much about the most nondescirpt name in the world
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