Give Me A Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

Marjorie Holmes writes in Lord, Let Me Love, about her daughter, who had a fascination with words at a young age. From her earliest attempts at talking, she liked to try out new words and sounds. Often she would chant and sing words, or make up strange combinations of sounds to build her own vocabulary. She was impatient, however, because all the things she was learning far exceeded her ability to express them. Because she needed more words, she began asking her mother for words, just like she might ask her for a cookie or a hug. 

The little girl would ask, “Give me a bright word, mother.” Marjorie would answer with a string of nouns and adjectives that described the word bright, such as sunshine, golden luminous, shiny, and sparkling. Then she would ask for a soft word. Marjorie responded, “Velvety soft like a blackberry or a pony’s nose. Or furry, like your kitten. Or how about a lullaby?” And when she was angry, she would demand a glad word. The game continued until the little girl’s attitude was transformed by the happy thoughts prompted by happy words. 

Through words, God spoke creation into being. He said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. He said, “Let us make the earth and the fullness of it.” And foliage, animals, birds, and fish were created. God gave us his Word so we could live full and satisfying lives while we are here on earth. The Bible is teeming with wonderful, powerful, beautiful words for our daily lives. 

What words do you need today? Do you need a glad word or a comforting word? “Give me a word,” can be the prayer of your heart to God during your time today – then open your Bible and let Him speak. 


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