The Power Of A Word

August 22, 2005
by Vena Poole

Psalm 119:11 – Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (AMP)

1 John 2:5 – But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety] truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know and recognize and be sure) that we are in Him. (AMP)

My mother loved words. She delved deeply into dictionaries to discover their meanings. I have no doubt my mother could have had an excellent career. Unfortunately, she lost many of her teenage school years caring for her sick mother. Regardless, she greatly enjoyed completing crossword puzzles. She would select the most difficult crossword, often entering a word, sprinkled with a few vowels, supported by two or three consonants, which appeared to be almost impossible to pronounce. My sister and I would rock with laughter at the result, but she took it all in good humour. My father kept quiet, doubtless believing my mother to be right. The next day, when the newspaper arrived with the answers to the crossword puzzle, the word would be proven to be correct. Then, my dear mother would commence to include these strange words in her vocabulary.

I, too, enjoy words. At worship, during the singing of the hymns, I immediately identified the first line of a hymn as written by Charles Wesley. Those wonderful, correct words, written in measured sentences and so doctrinally sound, were written to bring blessing to the saint and admonition to the sinner.

Some people like to doodle, but I prefer to select a word and discover how many other words can be derived from the original. On the top of my television, I have a little orange and white wool craft with the name "Jesus". I can produce only two words from it. Doubtless there are others, but I am perhaps too lazy to continue my pursuit to find them. Regardless, I like to dwell upon the two words formed from the name Jesus: "use us". My mind always echoes the words, "for Your glory!"

Prayer: – Dear heavenly Father, may the two words, "use us", derived from Your Son's name, be our desire for this day, and our constant goal for the days to come. We bring this petition boldly before You in the name of Your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.

About the author:

Vena Poole <venakpoole@gmail.com>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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