The ability to communicate with one another is indeed an awesome thing. For about six days, my family was unable to communicate with me. They could see me, talk to me, hold my hand and such but I was not able to truly respond to them other than indicating yes or no to questions.
My husband still chuckles over the "cookie incident" which occurred during that time. I have no memory of it so I must just take his word for it that this happened. I had little appetite, even for a large and chunky chocolate chip cookies. I can hear a gasp from those here at CB who know me well. Yes, it is true. However, when my husband casually suggested that he eat it instead, he knew he'd made a fatal error. LOL! He says I gave him such a look that he withdrew his hand. I definitely knew it was MY cookie and if I didn't eat it, no one was going to eat it. :D
He was actually very happy about that incident for although it was non-verbal, it was the first independent communication I had made with the world in nearly a week. When I finally did begin to chatter... er talk, my family could not get enough of hearing my voice and were particularly delighted when I started to sing in the hospital. They just wanted to hear my voice... hear my words.
As much as words can bless, they can also destroy. Far too often words roll from off of our tongues or off of fingers without us carefully considering them. Perhaps that is not a challenge for some of us but it is definitely a challenge for me!
The earliest verse I remember memorizing as a child was not John 3:16. It was Psalm 19:14 and it was taught to me by my Grandmother.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer.
I wish I could say that I always remembered to say this prayer. I don't. Far too often I speak, whether it is the words from my mouth, from my fingers or in my thoughts, without considering whether or not they are acceptable to God. I want to change that and keep these words before me always. May we all carefully consider our words before we speak (and type) and may all of our words be acceptable to God!
this reminder is greatly needed and appreciated for me. these last few days and weeks i'm being challenged to minister to the younger officiers on my job and a few older ones. be blessed and the last spice cake with the almond glazed was mailed and even the post office was able to smell how good it was ( they asked me to bake them one lol)
Ah Vet... my mouth was watering as I read your comment. Spice cake in itself is good but almond glaze? You are making me VERY hungry... LOL!
May God bless you always in all that you do!
Or- to quote a non-biblical source: "If ya can't say somethin' nice, don't say nuthin' at all." (from Thumper's Mom, in Bambi...)
Blessings,& shalom, Marjorie
Well said as usual,
And I'm glad you mentioned nonverbal communication as well, because our eyes have the power to ridicule and affirm as well. When I was in a public position of ministry, I used to pray daily for my countenance so that my face wouldn't say "are you an idiot??!!" to the lovely person asking a really dumb question ;)
I need to pray this often but often I forget. I so want my words and what is in my heart to be pleasing to God... ..if they are pleasing to God no one else matters. Good word!