Tuesday night is story and/or song night in our home. When I need to come up with something creative I typically call on a good spoonerism. A spoonerism is when you switch the first sound of two different words. For example the story character tonight was Jewis Lames (instead of Lewis James). Jewis was a cowboy who would ride from town to town defending all that is good. Tonight he defended a lady who had her money taken by a gang of thieves. Jewis (with his brave father) outwitted the crooks and brought them to justice. This particular character has gotten a lot of mileage through the years. I even catch Lewis playing Jewis Lames, usually holding one of his toy guns, at times during an average week.
Words, twisted or plain, can be powerful. I captured my 13, 11, 10 and 8 year old daughters, and my 5 year old son with a simple story. They couldn’t leave. They wanted more. I could have kept the younger ones for hours if I had the energy. The older kids…not so much. Words have a limit as you get older. You are less gullible, less trusting, less believing. For example, I can tell my 10 year old daughter that she is beautiful and her face lights up. I tell my wife the same thing, and she first takes inventory of how she feels. She may or may not believe me.
Things are going well for Tara. She is getting stronger every day. But her body still feels weak and broken and that discourages her. There is still plenty of joy. We are refining the words we say to each other and our family and friends; practicing to make them more useful. Life is too short to mince words. We want them to count.
Oh that the words we say, hear and read would be penetrating to our souls. What words have power to affect our lives? Spoonerisms that might capture our imagination? We are older now. We have heard it all. The words that still hold power for us are words from God. Tested words. Ones that have saved souls before, and will again. Ones that have healed and have also given comfort to the grave. Other words that impact us are from selfless family and friends who serve us. There are very few words that they say, but because of their actions, those few words give us great joy and encouragement.
Speaking of too many words, I need to get to sleep.