The Word versus words

The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the Word of God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:8

There is the Word of God — and then there are words. But human words, however poetic or beautiful, have limits. They are not forever.

Words are abstractions, symbols of symbols. New words are added to dictionaries and old words fall out of style. Languages begin and end.  Books are written and published but they do not endure. Neither words, nor languages nor books are forever.

And yet, with all their limitations, the lovely words that sing to us of the glorious divine presence, caress our hearts and something within us begins to yearn for the powerful, loving Forever scriptures speak of.  Something in us begins to stir. We want to find the wonder we forgot, to reclaim the secret we have lost. Something in us begins to long for the Word that is forever, the Word that we were created by and in the likeness of… before we had a body.

People, places, things, words, concepts, philosophies — all things physical, mental and emotional — are temporary. They come and go. Anything that had a beginning will have an end. Even this planet will disappear in time.

For dust thou art,
and unto dust shalt thou return.

Genesis 3:19

So tell me. please.. Is it possible that a thimble can hold the ocean? Can our minds hold the Infinite? Can finite words deliver to us the omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, eternal… the Word that was in the beginning… before there was a world… before language even began?  Or do we need to go further, to our hearts, to find what we are looking for? Is it as all the scriptures promise — within us?  Our birthright is to know for ourselves, the Forever, to not settle for mere words.

The Name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
The Word that can be spoken is not the eternal Word.
Tao te Ching

What Word could that be?  Let’s ask that question from our heart of hearts leave all words behind.  Let us determine to know and enjoy daily the Word which is forever.

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