Awakening a Keen Observer

Monday, September 25, 2006

Word Power

Words do have power. Who of us can't remember a parent's admonition that turned our behavior toward more acceptable action? Hopefully, we too, can remember one or more words of praise from a parent that still gives encouragement in times of need?
Words do have power. I have tried reading different Biblical texts adding my own interpretation of what might have been the emphasis given to the Psalms perhaps that makes them different.
I've chatted before about the first time in chaplaincy that I had to shout the words of the 23rd Psalm to a woman whose husband had just died. Perhaps we don't 'shout' enough of the Psalms or the gospels or some of the readings so as to understand how they may have beeen spoken or used, or attended to be used.
We like to read all too ooften with a soft spoken voice..when perhaps the horrors of the text demand a stronger voice of horror or revenge or demand.

What shall we do with our faith? Shall we couch it in the sweet words or will we raise it up in the truthfulness those words deserve?
--- "like th 22nd Psalm or the 27th Psalm? ---or the stories of Sampson, --or the Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament.
Think about it and do some reading.

God abides
bobbie Giltz McGarey


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