SCRABBLE & BABBLE If you play scrabble, then a good knowledge of words will stand you in good stead. Some of the highest scoring words used in competition have been bezique, muzjiks, caziques and quixotry. But what do they mean? Unless you can understand or have a use for unusual words there isn’t a lot of benefit in knowing them, except of course, for use in Scrabble. Great writers can use words to create pictures that transport us to another time and place. Think of Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien … don’t their stories seem so real? And when you see their books adapted for the screen, are the characters and places as you have imagined them? Good authors craft their words to create a picture in our minds of the places they describe, so you can see, hear, smell and almost touch what they write about, and feel the emotions of the characters? And what about newspaper journalists, … can they persuade you to their point of view, just using the written word?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – remember when that word hit the airwaves in the film Mary Poppins! And can you say it backwards? And how about this word— pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis It is a real word and refers to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles specifically from a volcano, and is also the longest word in any English dictionaries. Words describe diseases, but can also cause dis-ease – ever had a bout of motor-mouth or foot-in-mouth syndrome! I blush now as I think of the times I wish I had ‘zipped-the-lip’! IN GEAR James Chapter 3: likens the tongue to an unbridled horse. An unbridled horse can be controlled by the rider, but it requires a fully submissive horse, fully listening and fully obedient. Does that describe your tongue, fully in control? It doesn’t describe mine, especially when I am tired or in a situation I don’t want to be in. My tongue certainly needs my full attention whenever it is in gear. I’m glad that God’s Word has words like love, grace, forgiveness; words we can all understand and don’t need to look up in a dictionary or google on the web to find out what the heck they mean. (What does google mean?) I like the fact that their meaning doesn’t change as with some of the words in current use today. I suspect that Gay/Gaynor is no longer used as a girl’s name. I’m glad and relieved, that justified still means that my standing with God is ‘just-as-if’ I had never sinned.
I also like God’s definition of forgive, to ‘cease to demand punishment’, and that when He says He has forgotten the sins of those who come to Him for forgiveness, means He is ‘unable to remember’ what they are talking about. This seems to be the only time we can say we remember more than God. Perhaps we should come in line with God’s definition when it comes to remembering our sins? What power and hope is found in God’s Word … the Word itself is Life, Jesus is the Living Word of God and as we read He reveals himself to us. When we know Him, then we know we can believe the promises His Word gives each of us.
Just how lucky we are to have God’s Word available to us, to read whenever and wherever we choose. There is nowhere else to find the answer to life’s purpose. Judy Pitt, Jamestown, South Australia.