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"My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."
~ Psalm 45:1

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I've had decades of editorial writing, teaching writers' workshops, conference presenting, publishing, and radio broadcast production.

I've written, collaborated, ghosted, edited, and published more than 50 books through both royalty publishers and independent self-publishing.

It didn't happen overnight! I was in my mid-twenties, exhausted, with three toddlers in tow returning from the mission field when I experienced the sweat and thrill of seeing my first piece of writing published in a giveaway Sunday School paper. No payment, but oh, how sweet to see my first byline! Read the whole story in ABOUT LEONA.

I knew God was calling me to write for Him. A long road lay ahead. For over 30 years I've been Executive Director of Golden Morning Publishing, our indie ministry. We've produced over 55 books, my own and also those of other authors. As your cheerleader and coach, I love to see you become published. Email me: at [email protected] to discuss your writing.

 

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LISTEN FOR YOUR NAME

1/21/2023 11:35:00 AM BY Leona Choy

I watched the evening news on TV in disbelief as the camera panned the landscape in Ukraine briefly identifying a shallow mass grave in the rubble as a result of the bombing. There were no markers with NAMES. Who were they? Unknown civilians, children, and the elderly, suddenly cut down when fleeing to safety from the ongoing war?

We carry our NAME lifelong, respond to it in a classroom, answer when our NAME is called at graduation, and present our ID thousands of times when asked. Although we seem to leave our NAME behind engraved on a cemetery marker or in an unmarked grave, the truth is that we carry our particular identity into Eternity and keep it to respond to a heavenly roll call. In addition, God said He would give us a new NAME.

The Scriptures record the words of Jesus declaring that He calls us each by NAME and we hear and respond to His voice. Until we experience the heavenly dimension of immortality for ourselves, we can never grasp how intimately God knows each of us. “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it” (Psalm 139:6).

Equally solemn and heart-wrenching is listening in silence each September 11 to the repeated ringing of a bell. Then the reading of the NAMES of each of the 2996 people who lost their lives in the tragedy of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania farm field in 2001. Not only was it a massive catastrophe but an intensely personal one called to remembrance with the speaking of an individual's NAME.

A NAME is one's private possession. We live and die along with the rest of humanity that has been born or will exist in the future. Although one's NAME might be duplicated sometime in history, each life is unique and identifiable to God who created our distinctiveness.

When I visited Jerusalem, the Yad Vashem memorial for the Holocaust drew my attention. The library cataloged the NAMES of the six million Jewish martyrs. Not only where they were born and lived, but any details that could be found about them were recorded. Each person existed and mattered and continues to matter. “Yad Vashem” literally means “memorial to the NAME.”

The Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. displays fifty thousand NAMES of American soldiers killed in Vietnam. Loved ones experience profound emotion when they reach out and touch a NAME with their hand.

The more than 400,000 white crosses in Arlington National Cemetery display real NAMES. Even the body in the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the other unknowns buried there since are fully known to God. Each has a NAME unforgettable to God.

Men and women in the American military were formerly issued aluminum “dog tags.” Currently, they are pressed from an alloy of copper and nickel with their NAMES and vital information.

Each of us is important. Our lives are important and worthy to be remembered and recorded. We don't have to be celebrities to leave a legacy for our posterity. As a coach to writers, I encourage each person, whether gifted in writing or not, to take pen in hand (or computer) and leave some information for those who come after us that this is who we are and how we lived. I believe it to be part of our stewardship to God in thanksgiving for His precious gift of life—and name.

“Rejoice that your NAMES are recorded in heaven,” Jesus declared. The apostle Paul writes about has fellow workers “whose NAMES are in the book of life” (Phil. 4:3). The disciple John mentions six times in the book of Revelation that “NAMES are written in the Book of Life, the Lamb's Book of Life” in indelible ink because Jesus promised never to erase them. (Revelation 3:5) “He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments, and I will not erase his NAME from the Book of Life, and I will confess his NAME before My Father and His angels.”

What's in a name? Everything! “God has now lifted him [Jesus] so high and has given him the NAME beyond all NAMES so that at the NAME of Jesus “every knee shall bow”, whether in Heaven or earth or under the earth. YES, In the end, “every tongue shall confess” that Jesus Christ” is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.



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