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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Objects suggested: Books, especially “The Chronicles of Narnia” if they are available.
Do you have a favorite book? Perhaps there is a poem or words to a song that you especially enjoy. Some words seem to speak to our heart. The words may teach us something new or they may they may cause us to say, “that’s exactly how I feel.” Reading a story or a poem or listening to the words of a song can make us feel connected to others. Reading can help us understand more about ourselves, other people, the world, and God.
C.S. Lewis is the man who wrote “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” from the children‘s series of books, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” It is a wonderful story. Some think his writing is inspired by God. He has written several books for adults as well as books for children. Many people have been able to find answers to questions they have about being a Christian, as a result of reading his words.
There are other authors, poets and songwriters who seem to have a special gift: a gift that allows them to use words to communicate important thoughts and feelings to their readers.
In the Bible Jesus talks about being able to use just the right words. In this case he is preparing the people who are with him for difficult times. He tells them, …for I will give you a mouth and wisdom…” (21:15)
That promise is with us today. The Holy Spirit brings words to our mouths and wisdom. When we find ourselves in a difficult situation it is important that we listen for God’s words and receive the wisdom necessary to make a good decision. And, if you are someone who likes to write, listen for the “words and wisdom” that will allow you to touch the hearts of others.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2011, Richard Niell Donovan