Saturday, September 21, 2013

Word Origins

“A man without words 
is a man without thought.” 
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

The words we speak are a 
reflection of our inner conversation.
They reveal where we spend our time, 
whether in the cellar of negativity
or the penthouse of grace. 
Our earthbound words have an origin
that is "not helpful."
Spirit words, however, can
be crafted into divine acts 
capable of changing matter. 

"This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, 
‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it will jump.
Matthew 21:21
He said, “No more figs from this tree—ever!” 
The fig tree withered on the spot, a dry stick. 
Matthew 21:19

Jesus used wild words as He
talked about His wild Kingdom:
camels galloping through the eye of a needle,
mountains being hurled into seas,
great reversals of the last becoming the first,
poppy seed size faith moving great obstacles,
and coin-bearing fish paying taxes.

Our words matter. They reveal our native land.
I am from New Jersey and sometimes 
that Jersey girl accent slips out.
It reveals a little bit about my "native land."
When I am tired, or in a hurry, it can pop up.
And someone will say,
"Oh, you cawled them, did you?
That Jersey accent is still there!"

But what about my other accent?
The one that reveals whether I have been
tethered to earth or anchored in heaven.
I want my native dialect to sound like life,
words that are birthed on the shores of grace,
words that reflect time in His presence.

Children of Zion, be glad in your God
He’s giving you a teacher to train you how to live— 
showers of words to refresh and nourish your soul.
Joel 2:23

We are those who go forth representing our God,
causing others to celebrate and be glad.
My words must have a different sound 
than words springing forth from the earth.
The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. 
The Father who resides in Me 
crafts each word into a divine act.
John 14:10
Our words must be faith-filled and wild:
full of kindness, mercy, grace and truth, 
words that produce miracles 
and cause hope to spring forth.
Spirit-led words can be
"crafted into divine acts" 
capable of changing matter.

Lead me, Lord, to live in the penthouse of grace
that Your sound can go forth from my life--
capable of changing matter, producing miracles,
and creating hope in the hearts of the hopeless.
It's what Your life was all about.

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