“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? . . . Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?” — The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
I love the written word. I love reading the written word.
When I was a child, I was not such a vivacious reader. Reading assignments in school left me feeling anxious about finishing the book. Sadly, I often laid aside the volume with pages left unread.
Somewhere in my life, I developed a love for the printed page, and I cannot imagine not having a book in progress. Often there are several.
The written word is powerful. Being able to read is power also. To keep people enslaved, do not let them learn to read.
Words themselves carry power. The Bible says the tongue has the power of life and death. I bear witness to that truth. Haven’t we all experienced the encouraging word or the ones that crushed our spirit?
Consider the might and authority that brought forth the earth by the spoken word of God. “And God said, let there be . . .” And it was.
That the very Word of God was made flesh and lived among people is astounding. Jesus carried with Him the might and authority of the Father, yet he walked humbly as a human, being obedient even unto death.
His glory was on full display. Some saw it and recognized the glory. Some did not. Some read the signs and saw deity. Others closed the book because they didn’t like the way the story was going.
And so the writing continues in the lives of those who believe. Written on our hearts for the world to see and read is the splendor of the gospel.
May it be a story of beauty and hope, one that illuminates and inspires with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness. May it display the deepest mysteries of the majesty of God.
And these are my Tuesday thoughts.