Ellie Stoffer

In grade school I dreamed of being a teacher and of writing the students' names on their desks for the first day of school. There is something about seeing your name written before you. To me, a tangible affirmation of your given name, your unique character. It is almost as if God is quietly calling to you in whimsical cursive. I realized the depth of being called by name at a young age.

My friends and classmates watched on as I wrote in different styles asking me to make beautiful their things, lockers, notebooks, and all. Stylish and beautiful, yet still strong, I wrote their names in my own creative form.

I kept writing names, adding to it quotes, bible verses, name cards, etc. Then years later, serving on Summer Project in San Diego I headed the welcome table at an event writing people's name tags. In that moment, I was taken back to grade school and again the rich importance of what we are called. Now today, as Ellen Mae, I keep writing names and pray His power and truth speak loudly for all to see through my writing.


Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.
— Isaiah 43:1


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