My struggle with words
Being tongue tied – not something I struggle with often. I generally am able to find something to say – even if it’s wrong. (Which is likely more often than I care to admit)
However, in the past few years or so, I have found that I struggle with finding words that properly describe something that is especially, truly and magnificently wonderful.
This started when I was in a setting, not too long after my Mom had died, when someone referred to something as being “heavenly.” While I know my mother had a fondness for the chocolate the woman was in reference to, I found that description created a hollow ring in my soul. My mother had just died, SURELY her reward – her reunion with the Lover of her soul – was more than a chocolate cookie.
Once it got started, it simply seemed to grow. I find that when describing something the words heavenly, divine, preeminent and occasionally glorious, get stuck in my throat/fingers. These words all seem to be attributed to my Lord and not to chocolate cookies, candy or any other …….any other…….(SEE? I end up lost for a good word here ) something things.
In a way, this seems utterly silly and pitiful – every good thing comes from the Father above – so do I need to stop using EVERY word used to describe ANY good thing? Can I never look at a mountain and call it majestic? Will I be stymied from sharing the miracles of birth and calling them awesome? Every thread of the tapestry of creation comes from the garment of the Lord – so all of creation reflects Him, how can I not use words that describe Him when I talk of His creation? I fear I could be on a slippery slope here……
SO, I am asking the following – 1) does anyone but me have this same problem or is it some odd dysfunction I’ve adopted? (you won’t hurt me by telling me it’s my deal. Faithful are the wounds from a friend) and 2) what word/s do you use to describe something that would qualify for being described as heavenly or glorious? and 3) is it simply time to have a Javadawn contest to create a word that would suit such a need?
I think it would be just…..especially truly and magnificently wonderful if you’d reply. 😉