My dad sent an email yesterday with quotes from children on the topic of love.  It’s been around before, so perhaps you’ve seen it.  I had, but there was one quote in particular that popped off the page at me; I didn’t remember it from before.  It goes like this:

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.
Billy – Age 4
First of all, if this “Billy” really had a thought like this at age 4, he’s going places! Amen? Isn’t it true, though? We do, typically, handle the names of those we love with care and protection. 
But, what if your own name hasn’t been handled with care? Perhaps there’s been a relationship in your life that is, by definition, supposed to be a loving one (a parent, a grandparent, a best friend, a sibling, a spouse), that has, instead, let you down.  Maybe your name has been completely mishandled and has been used to precede a litany of harsh, hurtful words.
I’m happy to tell you today, that there is a love SO GREAT, that it isn’t capable of mishandling your name.  Our names on His tongue precede a litany of words that fairly drip with love, like so much honey. He calls them out with such care and respect, that we can’t help but follow. 
There is no safer place for our names than in His mouth. 

He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.  After He has gathered His own flock, He walks out ahead of them, and they follow Him because they know His voice.
John 10:3-4