Tag: Christianity

A Word on Wednesday: Joy

‘Tis the season of frantic preparation to manufacture joy. At our house, the halls are decked, the presents are wrapped, the spirits are stocked, and the anticipation of a houseful of guests has commenced. By this third week of Advent, we are ready to…

A Word on Wednesday: Faith

Faith isn’t something we feel; it is something we trust. It is one of the gifts God gave us. “God gave us faith, hope, and love,” 1 Corinthians 13:13. Faith, as a noun, is a belief that is not based on proof. It is confidence in…

A Word on Wednesday: Brave

One can be brave only in the presence of fear, never in its absence. Brave, not hesitant. Just hold your breath and leap into the unknown outcome. Exhibit courage or have courageous endurance. An adjective, make a fine appearance; be intrepid, dauntless. I was…

A Word on Wednesday: Significant

Important, a priority, significant other. Worthwhile, meaningful. Wholly subjective, what you choose to spend time on? My friend Heather used to say, “If it’s important to you, you will find time for it.” The next breath was, “If it’s not important to you, you…

A Word on Wednesday: Transition

My writing often lacks transition; bounces from idea to idea, I neglect to connect them. The cue to readers to move from one thought to the next is often missing. Passages from one scene to another require a smooth transition. When this is awkward,…

A Word on Wednesday: Relief

Relief, a sigh of. The noun is the alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress, oppression …” Sometimes we don’t realize how tense, unpleasant, stressful a situation is until it is released from us. Then, we feel the relief. Relief is…

A Word on Wednesday: Rain

This morning there is a gentle rain. Pattering of droplets on pavement, on window panes, on softening ground. A gentle rain is as calming as a scented candle. Scientifically, the word rain is water that is condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere…

A Word on Wednesday: Contribute

Contribute, a verb, when used with an object to give (money, time, knowledge, assistance, etc.) to a common supply, fund, etc., as for charitable purposes. Also meaning to furnish (an original written work, drawing, etc.) for publication.  I rest on the side of the…

A Word on Wednesday: Sin

Sin, from Hebrew, to miss the mark. As a verb, sin is an action. It results from succumbing to temptation or enticement. Sometimes, though, it occurs with lack of intention. Sin is to commit a transgression of divine law, to offend against a principle…

A Word on Wednesday: Libation

Libation, a noun, a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity; the liquid poured out. This delightful word comes from Latin libationem (nominative libatio) “a drink offering,” noun of action from past participle stem of libare “pour out (an offering).” This word…