Words…words can be beautiful or not so beautiful. They come in forms which are read or heard, even touched (as Braille). Words in the public arena these days seem so harsh, hurtful, grievous to those with eyes to see them and ears to hear them. Yet…the words I am focusing upon are lovely. I am choosing to live this day in the midst of a beautiful word-garden. I want my heart and mind and soul to walk through the garden of kind and gentle words, of peaceful words, words of beauty, generosity, and gratitude, words of God. I do not want to read or hear those words that hurt my heart or stab at my soul or conflict my mind. I have chosen only a few as there are so very many. I place one or two of the definitions alongside them.
Words I like this day:
gossamer: a film of cobwebs floating in air in calm clear weather; something light, delicate, or insubstantial
mellifluous: having a smooth rich flow; filled with something that sweetens
efflorescence: the period or state of flowering
felicity: the quality or state of being happy; a pleasing manner or quality especially in art or language
lilt: a spirited and usually cheerful, bouyant song or tune
quintessence: the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
iridescent: a lustrous rainbow-like play of color caused by differential refraction of light waves
halcyon: calm, peaceful; happy, golden
vellichor: the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time (an invented word used on social media and gaining usage)
petrichor: the distinctive and pleasant smell that can accompany rain falling on ground baked dry (from Greek words, used in some science fields)
zephyr: a breeze from the west, a gentle breeze
cascading: a steep, usually small, fall of water; especially: one of a series of waterfalls
Cascading waters, the sound so pleasant to my ear even though I am not near any right now. They remind me of The Living Water, of Christ Jesus. He brings sweet grace: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic; a sense of propriety or right; the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful; and, of course, unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance into our lives, dwelling in our hearts.
The Word of God is the life of my very being.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16
The lovely words at the top are special, yet it is the Word of God, the Truth, The Word, Christ Jesus Who rains down the truly beautiful words. He is Truth. His words bring meaning to the life I walk and live each day.
LORD, I pray I hold fast to the hem of Your garment, that I will completely trust in You, having the faith of the woman who touched Your hem. When I do let go and go my own way, that is truly not the way I want to be going. I pray, that as much as I love words themselves, that I will always love The Word far above all else.
Your words were found, and I ate them,
and Your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by Your Name,
O LORD, God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16
Oh, that I will always find Your Words so satisfying and refreshing to my soul. I desire to be hungry and thirsty for them. May this be so. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spider Web By Elkagye – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4279109
Dragonfly Wings: no credit given
Iridescent Soap Bubble Colorful Bubble Water: MaxPixel http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Iridescent-Soap-Bubble-Colorful-Bubble-Water-1891640
Cascading Waterfall 02 by Rick Arbuckle @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/13122275@N08/2481815119/
10 thoughts on “Words”
Your posts always fill my heart with joy… every single time. I love this collection of words, here. They just make my heart happy.
Linda – Words are so powerful and you have a way of using them well to paint such great word pictures that captivate and enthrall as we meditate. I find that I am several days behind in comments, but we are neighbors at several linkups this week.. #DanceWithJesus #FaithFilledFriday #FreshMarketFriday
A beautiful, life-giving meditation today, Linda. Thank you.
I can never read that verse in Jeremiah 15 without getting tears in my eyes. It is such a true statement. God’s word has sustained me in times of great hopelessness and despair, it has truly been my joy and delight in the highs and lows of life.
Linda, This was such a lovely post. I confess, I had not heard of a majority of those words, and the words I had heard before, I really didn’t know their definitions. Their definitions certainly evoked a sense of peace.
Your closing verse from Jeremiah 15:16 certainly sums up this post beautifully. The Words of God are the most lovely to dwell on.
Thanks for sharing.
A very charming post with so many different images and thoughts evoked. Thank you for some daily inspirations. One of the neatest books ever gifted to me was a book called “Coined by God” containing words and phrases that first appear in the English translations of the Bible. Quite insightful
I love your pictures, the gossamer wings of a dragonfly (I think?), the iridescence on the bubbles, and the cascading waterfall! I share your love for the sound of cascading water, and I thank you for pointing out that not only are the Holy Spirit and the written word of God living water, but Jesus Christ, who is the Living Word, is also the Giver of Living Water. I’ve just read that passage on the Woman at the Well this past week.
Glory to God! He is good!
Amen! Wonderful, Linda! I am praying that prayer with you!
Dear Linda, Oh, I so agree with you, that we need more of these lovely words spoken! I have always loved that word “gossamer,” but you have included a few that are new to me. I wonder if I will be able to remember what “vellichor” is if I hear it being spoken? But I do want to remember your prayer, and the longing that was in Jeremiah’s heart when he heard the Word of the Lord. May I be that hungry for God’s Word also this year! Blessings to you!
Oh Bettie, you have made my morning with your words. Thank you, thank you for praying with me.