Specialists in Words

Today is Monday, January 9, 2017.

Quote of the Day

“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.” – Judy Garland

Word of the Day

Crepitate – to make a crackling sound; crackle. So I guess Rice Crispies crepitate. But, for some reason, “snap, crepitate, pop” just doesn’t flow off the tongue.

Today is Clean Off Your Desk Day. Not going to happen.

Yesterday was okay, but not great. C spent the morning at the hospital, and her step-dad was actually better. However, the doctor that the met with doesn’t believe that he will ever be able to go home. She did not believe that he will fully recover. This doesn’t surprise us, but doesn’t make the opinion any easier. He was fragile before this surgery, to begin with. C is taking this pretty hard, too.

Band practice starts back up tonight, and for a long stretch. It will be good to get playing again. I should have been playing some, already, but haven’t played since the Yuleslide thing, back in December.

And, after our “snow storm,” last Friday, and sub-freezing temperatures over the weekend, the projected high today is 62. It could be almost 80 on Wednesday.

47/84

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Psa 103:1-2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

Psa 16:1-2  Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

Psa 18:1-2  I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psa 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

(From Living the Message)

Continuing in his theme of “communion” over “communication,” Eugene Peterson writes of the “Gift of Words.” “We need,” he says, “to learn the nature of communion.” Most of the time, when he hear that word, we think mainly of bread and wine (or grape juice if we are Baptist). But there is much more to communion. Remember the definition I shared the other day? “The sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.” Communion is “sharing.” And we do so little of that today, even in the Church. The Church should be experts at communion!

But in order to commune, we have to be willing to let a part of ourselves be exposed. That frightens us. But think about it. “If I stand here mute, you have no idea what is going on with me. You can look at me, measure me, weigh me, test me, but until I start to talk you do not know what is going on inside, who I really am.” But when I talk, if I tell the truth, and you listen, something remarkable happens. Something that was not present before. Communion.

That words that are used deepen the mysteries, they “plunge us into an act of revelation which staggers the imagination, which we never figure out, but we enter into. These words do not describe, they point, they reach, they embrace.”

When we take the time to visit the sick and terminally ill, “the only words that matter are words of communion.” So few people actually use words in this way. In truth, the sick, lonely, and dying are subjected to an “endless stream of cliches and platitudes.” We Christians need to become specialists “in words of communion.”

Pro 25:11-12  The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry, And a wise friend’s timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger. (The Message)

Father, teach me these words. I have, for too long, used words improperly, to a large degree. Not always, mind you, as there have been times when the Spirit has shone through and the words of communion came out. Perhaps my prayer is not to learn the words, but to learn sensitivity, empathy, discernment on how to use those words. I don’t want to be guilty of using only cliches and platitudes. May your Spirit drive me, lead me, pull me into knowing how to be a “specialist” in words of communion.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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