Words… Spiritual Coaching Vol 3/89

JohnsonDictionaryWords… Spiritual Coaching Vol 3/89

It seems right that Samuel Johnson should be honored in my little blog this morning. Often referred to as Dr Johnson, this English writer made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. That’s right lexicographer. In 1709 he created the first dictionary of the English language, Samuel Johnson, was born in England.Johnson was a devout Anglican and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.”

Words can be mightier than the sword. As Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote in his play Richelieu, True, This! –

Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! – itself a nothing! –
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! – Take away the sword –
States can be saved without it!

If we would use words more eloquently and purposefully we might deal with conflict more appropriately. As I mourn with other Americans at the deaths in the Washington DC Naval Yard, I pray for words to have more power than weapons. In the letter to James Chapter three there is quite a discourse on words and their power – for good and for ill.

So honor the name of a man of God and the creator of the english dictionary today by using words that have impact, beauty, and creativity.

Be Well…

 

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About Denny Meyer

I've been a pastor, spiritual director, and spiritual coach and worked with thousands of people over the years. You can find the life the Creator intended for you. Contact me if you want to find out more.
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