Because I am a lover of words, I expect more words. And when they are not given, my soul is hungry for the words.
When you ignore me, don't respond to me, and do not give me your words, I am empty. Perhaps I have too great an expectation? When you know the words, and do not say them to me, I am crushed.
There are all kinds of needs.
And all kinds of ways to meet them.
Sometimes that means actual food and a trip to another country.
Other times it means daily bread of words offered from wherever we are.
Ann, I’ve come to believe this…
When we use words to encourage, bless, fill—we are feeding the poor in spirit.
When we give hope, present truth, cover with love—we are clothing the naked.
When we offer grace, tear down walls, replace lies with truth—we are setting the oppressed free.
Can words really change the world?
Never underestimate the power of words in a person's life.
Words are inadequate, we say. So they often are. But they are nonetheless precious. "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." In a time of crisis we learn how intensely we need both flesh and word. We cannot do well without either one. The bodily presence of people we love is greatly comforting, and their silent companionship blesses us. "I know I can't say anything that will help, but I wanted to come,'' someone says, and the word they would like to speak is spoken by their coming. Those who can't come send, instead of their presence, word. A letter comes, often beginning, ''I don't know what to say,'' but it is an expression, however inadequate, of the person himself and what he feels toward us.
And Jesus? Well, He's the Word made Flesh. We can learn from His words.
If I had a choice, I would not want to do without either the word or the flesh. I want letters from my friends, but I want to see their faces. I see them, but then I want them to say something. I have a guest book in which I always ask people to write their names, explaining that they need not write anything more unless they want to, but I open it after they are gone in hopes that they will have written some word as well. "Say it with flowers," says the advertisement, but when the flowers come how eagerly we look to see what the card says.
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