Word-of-the-Day Wednesday

Whisper Soft speech produced without full voice; to speak softly.

This word makes me feel like I’m standing on the edge of somewhere or nowhere in particular. Breeze combing through my hair. Still. Quiet. Bending my ear toward heaven. God spoke to Elijah in a whisper so I know it’s important to stop and listen if I want to hear His voice.

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
– 1 Kings 19:11-13

Today, I want to escape the noise of the world around me. And this is my prayer for all of us. That we would pause long enough to hear that gentle whisper.

Word-Of-The-Day Wednesday

LYRICAL – Expressing deep personal emotions or observations (adj. from the noun lyric)

Lyric definition from dictionary.com: “A kind of poetry, generally short, characterized by a musical use of language. Lyric poetry often involves the expression of intense personal emotion. The elegy, the ode, and the sonnet are forms of the lyric poem.”

I like this word because it stirs something in the soul. Memories of beautiful songs and poetry. The word makes me think of wind and water. Elements that are soft and lovely but extremely powerful at the same time.

Here is a fine example written by the famous poet, Robert Frost.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.